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U.S. Government Admits to Inadequate Slaughterhouse Regulation

Written by PETA | March 9, 2010

One whistleblower’s powerful testimony about the abuse of pigs and calves in slaughterhouses throughout the country may bring about a serious overhaul in the U.S. government’s monitoring of slaughterhouses.

Dean Wyatt is a veterinarian and supervisor of the Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS), which is a part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Last week, Wyatt told the members of a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee that time after time, his warnings about unsafe slaughterhouse practices went ignored. Two of the slaughterhouses he worked with—one in Oklahoma that allegedly mishandled pigs and one in Vermont that he ordered to shut down three times for mistreating calves—ignored his directives to stop abusing animals. And a Government Accountability Office report released Thursday supports Wyatt’s claims, admitting that the FSIS has a history of unsuccessfully regulating slaughterhouses and that it is lax in its enforcement of humane slaughtering standards:


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Now governmental officials are saying that they will take steps to improve the agency’s enforcement standards. So does this mean that we’ll see more stringent enforcement anytime soon? We hope so. But in the meantime, there’s no reason to support the massacre of animals or to jeopardize your health: Go vegan!

Written by Logan Scherer

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  • sparkles says:

    seriously the way these animals are treated is horrible. i know its not right but i believe eye for an eye when it comes to animals. anyone who takes place in the torment of animals should go thru the same thing. this is no way to be treated. if you wouldnt want to go thru it yourself y put an animal thru it?

  • beki says:

    cant even watchnot to talk of eating

  • Nancy says:

    Wow I had no idea that this is what is happening on the farms. I’m writing an essay on the whether it is moral or immoral for people to eat animals and I sure I decided what position i’ll be taking after watching this video. GO VEGETARIAN!

  • Helen says:

    the way that slaughterhouses are operated makes me sick! moneymoneymoney is the bottom line not the living who sacrifice their lives.

  • Brien Comerford says:

    The Nation’s slaughterhouse regulation is a flagrant abomination.

  • Andre Inglis says:

    These inspectors are too afraid to say anything because they fear this corporations. There needs to be a law that protects these inspectors from being sued from big business like Tysons meats. I’m quite sure this passes on to other management. They seem to work as a team. Want to completely resolve this? Go Vegan!