USDA decision to scrap speed limits at pig slaughterhouses a “reckless corporate giveaway”

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced plans to scrap speed limits at pig slaughterhouses.

They were deemed an “unnecessary regulatory obstacle to industry innovation” in a 200 page document released this week.

The Humane Society has warned this could lead to pigs remaining conscious during slaughter.

Meanwhile, the USDA has been criticized over the affects such a move could have on worker safety.

Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, said:

“Increasing pork plant line speeds is a reckless corporate giveaway that would put thousands of workers in harm's way as they are forced to meet impossible demands.”

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