Pledging
These are the original issues in this subcategory
  • FEEDLOT WASTE
  • FEDERAL LANDS GRAZING
  • DOWNED ANIMAL USAGE
Winning Issue » DOWNED ANIMAL USAGE


Our beef industry slaughters at least 35 million animals each year. Most are herded through the processing line. However, cattle that are unable to stand or walk to slaughter are called “downed animals.” Some of these animals are just scared, tired, suffering from old age or have been injured during transport to the processing plant. Slaughterhouses often assume that these causes, not illness or disease, are the reasons these animals are immobile. It is illegal to process animals that are ill or diseased. Downed animals are usually pushed or pulled, often by tractor and chain, to their inevitable destination. It is estimated there are about 130,000 downed animals slaughtered for food every year. Animal welfare advocates say there is no way to humanely move downed cattle without causing injury. Health advocates say downed animals should not be used for human consumption since they may be diseased.


Pending Legislation: None




Polling Options

  • I oppose reforming current downed animal usage policy, and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support prohibiting slaughterhouse inspectors from approving any nonambulatory livestock, carcass, or carcass parts and requiring these inspectors to label such material as "inspected and condemned," and wish to either reintroduce H.R.3704 - Downed Animal and Food Safety Protection Act (112th Congress 2011-2012), or a similar version thereof, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committee of Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee (TX) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option

  • I support prohibiting slaughterhouse inspectors from approving any nonambulatory livestock, carcass, or carcass parts and requiring these inspectors to label such material as "inspected and condemned," and wish to either reintroduce H.R.3704 - Downed Animal and Food Safety Protection Act (112th Congress 2011-2012), or a similar version thereof, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committee of Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee (TX) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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Pledge Period - Opening Date
April 2, 2020
Pledge Period - Closing Date
April 15, 2020
Trustee Election - Begins
April 9, 2020


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