How do I know animals are slaughtered humanely?

USFRA supports and continues to uphold The Humane Slaughter Act, which became law in 1958. The act requires that animals are completely sedated and insensible to pain before slaughter. The methods of sedation may differ depending on the size of the animal. To ensure farmers and ranchers are complying with The Humane Slaughter Act, veterinarians are assigned to routinely monitor specific districts for slaughter and handling procedures. The Farm Bill, put into law in 2002, also requires that a compliance report is submitted by farmers and ranchers annually.

Read more on The Human Slaughter Act here.

Additionally, the agriculture community is making great strides with new methods like progressive slaughter plants to ensure animals are comfortable and slaughter is painless. Many farmers and ranchers work with animal welfare advocate and professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University Temple Grandin, who designs livestock handling facilities that use devices to hold animals in comfortable, upright positions.

Learn more information on Grandin, her research and recommended practices here.

USFRA Point of View

Animal safety, health and comfort are top priorities for farmers and ranchers. They care deeply about their animals and take pride in how they provide for them. There are many different types of housing, diet and overall management practices when it comes to raising animals for food. USFRA supports... Read more