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Industry benefits from ‘Modernization of Pork Slaughter’ – not pigs, not consumers

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There’s something remarkable about watching the people who profit off of the exploitation of pigs coming together to enact new laws under the guise of helping others.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS) is moving forward with a “Modernization of Pork Slaughter” pilot project (they call it HIMP). It’s basically legislation to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the inspection process of pork, to allow for “new food safety technologies.” To no ones surprise, the National Pork Producers Council is gung-ho for it, likely in part to the motion’s potential to increase hog slaughter capacity.

The Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) would allow FSIS to buddy up with folks in the pork industry under the veil that our pork supply needs more safety inspectors to keep consumers safe. In truth, food safety responsibility would just shift from federal inspectors to pork plant workers, cutting down the sets of eyes that can big brother or slow down the slaughter process (ie. hurt profits). Along with a ‘greater responsibility for carcass inspection’ (more carcass damage, less money) and adding no additional strikes to producers under the rulings of the Humane Slaughter Act, the HIMP pilot means pork producers get to promote more “wholesome” meat products. They can also pretend worker safety is a primary concern. It’s a scheme, not unlike the countless others in slaughterhouses, to drive sales and quiet the hideous, corrupt truth.

Five pork plants are currently piloting this system, that could roll out across the U.S. It’s success means nothing more than the inflated profits for those in control of the pork industry, and the continued marketing ploys of ‘happy’ meat.

There is no right way or better way to continue doing the wrong thing. Hiding the practices within a slaughterhouse does not excuse our moral responsibility to not use animals, regardless of their treatment. The only way to do right by pigs, and all animals, is to go vegan.

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