More Than 20 Million US Farm Animals Die On Way To Abattoir Every Year

"Guardian analysis reveals toll of heat stress, cold and trauma amid rise in long-distance and more frequent journeys"

"Tens of millions of farm animals in the US are dying before they can be slaughtered, according to a Guardian investigation exposing the deadly conditions under which animals are transported around the country.

Approximately 20 million chickens, 330,000 pigs and 166,000 cattle are dead on arrival, or soon after, at abattoirs in the US every year, analysis of publicly available data shows. A further 800,000 pigs are calculated to be unable to walk on arrival.

Official records of how the animals died are not published, but veterinarian and welfare specialists told the Guardian the main causes were likely to be heat stress, especially during the summer months, and freezing temperatures and trauma.

The numbers of deaths were likely to have been increased by the long distances some animals are forced to travel and the rising frequency of transporting them."

Sophie Kevany reports for the Guardian June 15, 2022.

Source: Guardian, 06/15/2022