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

8-Year-Old Vegan Stands Up for Meatless Monday

The young advocate makes a strong plea to Long Beach City Council, saying that cafeteria lunches are “nasty.”
Read More »

Walmart Announces Sweeping Animal Welfare Reforms

Largest US food retailer to phase out battery cages, gestation crates, and more.
Read More »

Vegetarian “Airbnb” Debuts

A new website revolutionizes the way vegetarians connect with like-minded people across the country.
Read More »

Youngest Self-Made Female Billionaire is Vegan

31-year old Elizabeth Holmes drinks green juice while running her $9 billion company.
Read More »

Gallup Poll: Americans Support Animal Rights

Almost one-third of respondents say animals should have same rights as humans.
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 »