The animal activist group PETA wants to end the day when USDA puts a “humane” label on a regulated meat products.

It has filed a petition calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to amend its rules so that it no longer approves claims on labels about how animals were raised.

PETA says USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) does not regulate the on-farm treatment of animals raised for meat and bases its approval of claims like “humanely raised” or “raised in a stress-free environment” on the companies’ submissions, with no audit or

Continue Reading PETA wants its say to be the final word on what is humane when its about food animals

So what’s the gold standard guideline on how to humanely handle feed animals in 2017?

North American Meat Institute’s (NAMI), 2013 Guidelines.

Next question, please. can credit, as does NAMI, the “2013” to that innovate Colorado Professor who delights audiences with her speeches by always making pure sense and logic — seem so trivial.

That’s not always easy to do, just ask the Laurel’s and Hardy’s of the “La La Land” fiasco on Oscar night. It’s always been innate nature for Temple Grandin.

There are many other humane handling certification bodies popping up worldwide that have those fancy ISO’ing
Continue Reading Catch the 2013 — NAMI’s guidelines still right on target

fruitland_406x250Update: Rain Crow Ranch, the Doniphan, MO, cattle operation which owns a nearby beef processing facility recently shut down by the federal government for humane handling violations, is being sued in connection with a 2014 E. coli death. According to an Aug. 17, 2015, Massachusetts newspaper report, a Braintree, MA, couple is suing Rain Crow Ranch and Whole Foods Market, claiming that E. coli-tainted hamburger from a South Weymouth, MA, Whole Foods store sickened and killed their 8-year-old son last year. Rain Crow Ranch and Whole Foods Market have denied allegations in the wrongful death suit from Andrew
Continue Reading Wrongful Death Lawsuit Linked to Missouri Slaughter Plant Suspended by FSIS

With today’s average consumer three to four generations removed from the farm or ranch, resulting market forces regarding animal care move the burden of proof downstream from the producer to the meat-processing plant. The requirement to implement internal policies that document and audit commercial practices with regard to animal welfare now resides with plant operators. The effect of that evolution means that plants now must direct new resources, both financial and human, to an area that more agriculturally savvy consumers left to the producer just a few years ago. While plant executives may look at the market-driven emphasis on animal
Continue Reading Animal-Welfare Audits: A Strategic Move for Meat Processors

A “food fight” over allegations of possible inhumane animal treatment broke out in Minneapolis on Tuesday. On one side is the pig-raising Rosewood Farms at Pipestone, MN, which just happens to be owned by Randy Spronk, current president of the National Pork Producers Council. On the other side is a group of activist vegetarians called “Mercy for Animals.” Mercy’s leader, Nathan Runkle, just spoke to VegFest on the campus of the University of Minnesota as his organization was releasing a video that they claim shows inhumane treatment at Rosewood Farms and that initiated a criminal investigation that led to a
Continue Reading Worker Fired, But Undercover Pig Farm Video Not Enough for Criminal Charges

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) issued compliance guidelines for a systematic approach to humane handling of livestock on Wednesday. A systematic approach is a comprehensive method of evaluating how livestock enter and move through an establishment and focuses on treating livestock so as to minimize excitement, discomfort, and accidental injury. While it’s not a regulatory requirement, FSIS believes that it is the best way to comply with Humane Methods of Slaughter Act, the Federal Meat Inspection Act, and federal regulations on humane handling of livestock. This new guidance was developed to address  humane handling incidents
Continue Reading FSIS Issues Guidance for a Systematic Approach to Humane Livestock Handling