The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) petitioned USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) asking that all slaughter facilities be required to create and implement a comprehensive, written animal handling plan. 

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Facilities would be required to have 1) all workers who have contact with animals be trained in humane handling, 2) stunning equipment be routinely tested and maintained, and 3) back-up stunning devices be available in both the stunning and holding areas of every slaughter plant.  USDA is currently reviewing the petition.  

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