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Animal Law, Advocacy & Policy: Farmed Animals and Factory Farming

Farm Animals


The Humane Slaughter Act


Click here for the text of the federal Humane Methods of Slaughter Act (1958).

Aside from some states' individual statutes, this is the only law that is intended for farm animals in the process of slaughter.  Animals in religious slaughter operations, and chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese are not protected by this law.

Enforcement is known for being questionable based on audits, undercover investigations and sheer numbers.

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Valerie Lang Waldin

"Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food" - A 25th Anniversary Speaking Tour with Farm Sanctuary President and Co-Founder Gene Baur - 2010

California Proposition 2 of 2008: A Watershed Moment in Animal Law

European Union Top Court Rules on Ritual Slaughter