Agency plans to hold livestock haulers responsible for animal mistreatment

Transporters could face civil or criminal actions

Posted October 18, 2016

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced its intent to hold transporters responsible for the mistreatment of livestock. In the advanced copy of the Federal Register notice, FSIS stated its plans on holding all persons not employed by an official establishment responsible if they commit acts involving inhumane handling of livestock in connection with slaughter when on the premises of an official establishment.

The agency intends to initiate civil or criminal action, in appropriate circumstances, against individuals not employed by an official establishment. FSIS believes these actions will further 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.

FSIS is requesting comments on its decision to initiate these enforcement actions. The agency intends to make changes to its implementation plans as necessary in response to the comments received.

FSIS anticipates implementing the policy discussed in the notice 90 days after its publication in the Federal Register, unless the agency receives comments that demonstrate a need to revise the policy.

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