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February 11, 2020 - Mercy for Animals

Mercy For Animals Joins Lawsuit Against the USDA for Failing to Protect Pigs

Mercy For Animals Joins Lawsuit Against the USDA for Failing to Protect Pigs
Pig in intensive farming facility File Image: (c) Photabulous!

Mercy For Animals has joined forces with fellow animal protection groups to sue Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and the Department of Agriculture for failing to protect sick and injured pigs, which endangers both animals and our food supply.

Well over half a million pigs per year are estimated to arrive at U.S. slaughterhouses too sick or injured to stand or walk. Often kept in holding pens, these animals are unable to rise from feces-ridden floors before being slaughtered. Referred to as “downed pigs,” they are at heightened risk of inhumane handling, including being excessively electro-shocked, prodded, kicked, shoved, and dragged by workers attempting to force them to move. Downed pigs are also at elevated risk of carrying swine flu and a host of human-transmissible pathogens, including listeria, campylobacter, salmonella, and yersinia.

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