On Tuesday (07/31) the U.S. Senate also took steps to halt inhumane
practices in the nation’s slaughterhouses by unanimously passing The
Humane Slaughter Resolution, introduced earlier in the year by Sen. Peter
The Resolution calls upon the U.S. Department of
Agriculture (USDA) to fully enforce The Humane Slaughter Act of 1958,
which requires that animals be rendered insensible to pain before they are
A recent investigative series by the Washington Post
revealed what many animal activists have long contended: that violations
of the Humane Slaughter Act are rampant and frequently go unpunished. The
latest Senate vote is part of a combined legislative effort to reform
cruel agricultural practices.
Within the last few weeks, Senator Robert
Byrd (D-WV) Chair of the Appropriations Committee, has taken bold steps to
secure funding for Humane Slaughter Act enforcement. His recent
amendments to the FY2001 Supplemental Appropriations Act and to the FY2002 Agriculture Appropriations Act seek an extra $3.5 million for
enforcement of the Humane Slaughter Act.
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