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03/15/2003 "HUMANE SLAUGHTER ACT FUNDING GRANTED"


On Thursday (2/20), a large federal appropriations bill was signed into law, which included $5 million to step up enforcement of the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act (HMSA).

The action comes after years of horrific tales from slaughterhouses nationwide, where animals are being hung on hooks, skinned, dismembered, disemboweled, and boiled while they are still alive and conscious.

USDA’s lax enforcement, coupled with industry pressure to speed up slaughterhouse assembly lines, has led to an abhorrent and unbelievably cruel situation.

Championed by Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV), the appropriations provision directs USDA to use the new funds to hire at least 50 inspectors to work solely on HMSA enforcement, with particular attention to unloading, handling, stunning, and killing practices.

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