Slaughterhouses have proven to be deadly hotspots for the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, but rather than curtail practices that put workers at greater risk, the Trump Administration instead granted many slaughterhouses permission to operate their lines at higher speeds. This not only made the already inhumane practice of large-scale slaughter more cruel, it also increased the health and safety risks to employees and the public.
Thankfully, the Safe Line Speeds in COVID-19 Act (S. 713/H.R. 1815) would take steps to protect animals, consumers and workers from the dangers posed by higher line speeds. For the duration of the pandemic emergency, this bill would require the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to suspend all waivers for increased line speeds it has issued to chicken and cattle slaughterhouses, stop issuing any new waivers, and suspend implementation of a recent rule that allows certain pig slaughterhouses to operate without any restrictions on line speeds.
These increased line speeds benefit no one except Big Ag, which has more than a century-long history of ignoring worker safety and animal suffering to boost its profits. We must pass the Safe Line Speeds in COVID-19 Act to make it clear we will not stand for their bald-faced greed and cruelty, especially during a pandemic.
Please make a brief, polite phone call to your U.S. Representative and Senators. You can find their contact information here. You can simply say, "Please cosponsor and do all you can to enact the Safe Line Speeds in COVID-19 Act, which will protect animals, consumers and workers from the dangers posed by higher line speeds at slaughterhouses."
After making your call (please do not skip that crucial step!), fill in and submit the form below to send a follow-up message. Editing your message will help it stand out.