VegNews Daily

Poultry Plants Increase Efficiency and Inhumanity

Chicken and turkey processing plants will increase the speed of their processing lines causing more birds to be boiled alive.

A new proposal from the US Department of Agriculture that would allow poultry producers to speed up their processing lines is now in its final stages, reports The Wall Street Journal. This has serious implications for the hundreds of thousands of chickens and turkeys that are scalded alive every year—many times poultry workers are unable to properly secure the birds on processing line, which leads to the animals not being killed before they are boiled. “One of the greatest risks for inhumane treatment is line speed. You can’t always stop the abuse at these speeds,” poultry expert Mohan Raj tells the WSJ. Currently, the line speed of most poultry plants is 140 chickens per minute and 45 turkeys per minute—if the USDA proposal goes into effect, those numbers will increase to 175 and 55 respectively.

 Comments

Increased Fruit and Vegetables Options Served at Schools

80 percent of schools now offer two or more vegetables per meal, but are children eating them?
Read More »

Time Goes Nuts for Almond Butter

Almond butter is a great food, says five nutritionists for the magazine.
Read More »

Worldwide Tour Showcases Vegan Food in 193 Countries

Blog campaign shows that you can be vegan in every country on the planet.
Read More »

New Report: Why SeaWorld Attendance Is Plummeting

Multiple factors—including a call to boycott from One Direction's Harry Styles—is causing the demise of the aquatic park.
Read More »

Vegan Dishes Win at the Iowa State Fair

Vegan pies, bars, soups, and salads make their mark at annual meat-and-dairy-laden fair.
Read More »

This Week on VegNews TV: The secret to these delightful sweet treats is white beans! Aylin Erman shows you how to make these simple blondies.

More Videos »