Speeding the Slaughter

It’s not just animals who suffer on the assembly line. As the appetite for flesh remains high and the concentration of animals in single factories continues to grow, humans are increasingly getting ground up as well. Under new USDA rules proposed by the Obama administration, the maximum slaughter rate for chickens will rise from 140 birds per minute to 175 birds per minute. At that speed, slaughterhouse employees won’t have time to remove visibly dirty carcasses, even those soiled with feces, and so the rules require every carcass to be gassed with harsh decontaminants, regardless of how soiled or contaminated they may be.

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