Inhumane Livestock Handling Federal Register Announcement Posted
October 28, 2016

The American Sheep Industry Association reported on Oct. 14 that the Food Safety and Inspection Service would be announcing its intent to hold livestock owners, transporters, haulers and others not employed by an official establishment responsible if they handle livestock inhumanely in connection with slaughter when on the premises of an official establishment. FSIS intends to initiate appropriate action against individuals and believes this will improve the welfare of livestock handled in connection with slaughter by ensuring that all persons that inhumanely handle livestock in connection with slaughter are held accountable.

The Federal Register announcement has been posted and is now available at www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-10-26/html/2016-24754.htm. Comments must be received by Nov. 25. FSIS will implement these actions on Jan. 24, 2017, unless it receives comments that demonstrate a need to revise this date.