Animal Law Updates by Stacy McKerlie

Coalition Files Petition for Rulemaking to USDA

On September 1st, a coalition of several organizations including PETA, Mercy for Animals, and ALDF filed a legal petition calling for stricter regulations under the Humane Methods of Livestock Slaughter Act (HMSA) and the Federal Meat Inspection Act. The petition alleges the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has been failing to properly enforce the HMSA. For example, the coalition alleges the FSIS has failed to suspend plants that engage in egregious illegality and cruelty to animals, and has failed to report intentional and extreme acts of cruelty to the proper authorities.

You can read the petition here:

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