Factory Farm Inspectors Cut

The USDA plans to cut nearly 1,000 factory farm inspectors.


Tom Vislack, agriculture secretary of the US Department of Agriculture, has announced plans to cut the jobs of roughly 1,000 poultry factory-farm inspectors. Secretary Vislack suggests to move in order to save money, and predicts that $95 million can be cut from the agency’s budget for the first three years after implementation. Food and Water Watch, a consumer-rights organization, opposes the move, saying that it will give the poultry industry too much free reign. Recently, Mercy For Animals documented egregious animal cruelty at a Butterball Turkey facility in North Carolina.

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