Poor Julia, pregnant with 16 piglets, had been kicked, beaten, and burned with an electrical cattle prod. When she finally collapsed from the abuse, the factory farm workers dragged her by her ears into the crate where she was to give birth. And it’s not against the law.
Every year in America, hundreds of thousands of pigs, goats, sheep, and other animals on factory farms who are too sick, injured, or weak to stand or walk are left to suffer for hours or days without food, water, or veterinary care.
These “downers” are thrown out like worthless trash—or end up being dragged, beaten, pushed with forklifts, or shocked with electric prods to get them onto slaughterhouse kill floors, where they are processed for the human food supply.
That’s why I’m asking you to take action with Farm Sanctuary in demanding an end to the abuse of suffering farm animals. Please sign our petition to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to ban the slaughter of downed animals—with no exceptions.
Ever since I rescued Hilda—a sick sheep who was discarded on a pile of dead animals in 1986—Farm Sanctuary has led the fight to protect downed animals. In the 1990s, we petitioned, then sued, the USDA to ban the slaughter of downed cows. It took several years of hard work, but eventually we won!
More recently, we mobilized people across the nation to speak out against this intolerable cruelty—leading President Obama to strengthen the ban to include downed calves!
But the federal policy still does not go far enough. That’s why Farm Sanctuary recently filed a lawsuit against the USDA and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue for failing to stop the abuse and slaughter of sick or injured farm pigs like Julia.
Will you help us put pressure on the USDA to do the right thing for these vulnerable animals? Speak out against the terrible abuse and slaughter of all farm animals.