So now the New Slaughter Inspection System, otherwise known as Trump’s Pork Rule, could become reality. Being spun as modernization, the new rule would privatize the job of USDA inspectors and allow the responsibilities to fall on untrained slaughter plant workers. Approximately 140 professional inspector jobs would be eliminated.
The time for comments at regulations.gov is over, and the decision on allowing the rule is pending.
Whistleblowers working within the system warn of dire consequences of the faster slaughter line rule: Fewer inspections, more stressful working conditions, and “gross things,” including salmonella bacteria and hair, ending up in consumers’ food. But the worst consequences will fall, not surprisingly, on the innocent pigs.
Trump’s Rule removes any maximum upward limits on slaughter speed. Currently, 1100 pigs per hour are murdered, but the new speed could approach as high as 1500 animals and will increase suffering to more than 100 million pigs …
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