An undercover investigator working for Compassion over Killing has exposed the truth of the highspeed slaughterhouses in America, with their barbaric approach to animals. The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) is accepting comments from the public regarding the ‘Modernization of Swine Slaughter Inspection’.
The program has been renamed formally as the New Swine Slaughter Inspection System (NSIS), which would allow facilities to increase the speeds of slaughter and reduce the number of trained government officials that oversee the food safety standards in slaughterhouses. This essentially means that the safety of food is being left to slaughterhouse employees, who in ‘highspeed’ slaughterhouses have little regard for the hygiene that is necessary.
The undercover investigator, Scott David, worked undercover for 6 months at Quality Pork Processors that kills an average of 21 pigs per minute, around 1,300 pigs per hour under the high-speed program. During his investigation, where he was wearing a camera, he documented the mistreatment of animals, a supervisor asleep on the job when he was in charge of the stunning process (ensuring animals are rendered unconscious before slaughter), and filthy conditions that the pigs were subjected to.
David even captured an employee of the slaughterhouse saying: “If the USDA is around, they could shut us down.” David writes in his article: “That, in a nutshell, is the underlying problem with this initiative: it’s a programme that largely allows the slaughterhouse to police itself.
“Though I’ve witnessed these horrors first-hand, I’m far from the only one warning of the dangers of NSIS. USDA whistleblowers, labor unions, and even members of Congress have expressed their objections to this program.”
However, there is still time to object to more of these slaughterhouses being built. Over 250,000 people have signed the petition to bring an end to the expansion plans for NSIS, alongside a coalition of protection organizations urging the USDA to drop the planned expansion. You can sign the petition here.