Animal Welfare Institute

Mass killings to control highly contagious, highly pathogenic avian influenza are being criticized by at least one animal activist organization.

The non-governmental Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) has petitioned the USDA’s Animal and Plant Inspection Service (APHIS), asking the government to “incentivize producers to adequately plan for the rapid killing of

Continue Reading Animal activists want mass killings to control avian flu to use more humane methods

A multi-million dollar Washington D.C.-based nonprofit, the Animal Welfare Institute, has filed the second petition this year seeking a policy change with USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

The Animal Welfare Institute petition has been assigned to the FSIS Office of Policy and Program Development for review and assigned petition

Continue Reading Animal activist group asks FSIS for more regulation of ‘Custom Exempt’ slaughter

A federal judge in Rochester, NY, has ruled he can review the denial of a rulemaking petition that suggests USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service should prohibit behavior that has the potential to cause birds to die other than by slaughter.

The FSIS denied the petition in 2019, saying its
Continue Reading USDA denial of poultry handling rule is subject to Administrative Procedures Act review

People are often shocked to learn how little government oversight exists surrounding the way animals are slaughtered in the United States.

There are only about 148 (full-time equivalent) humane slaughter inspectors for the 148 million cows, pigs and sheep slaughtered every year at federally inspected establishments, according to the

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