action against backyard slaughter
world of "backyard butchers," who slaughter and butcher animals on makeshift
farms, is spreading across the U.S. every day. When backyard slaughter is
tolerated, animals suffer immense cruelty, starvation, botched "live"
slaughters, and are kept in disgusting and diseased yards. Humane slaughter
laws, which require animals to be rendered senseless before slaughter, are not
followed; instead animals are sloppily shot with handguns, and experience
excruciating agony from mishandled, amateur, often live butchering.
No governmental inspection protects these animals or the sanitation of the
yards. Overwhelmed by the upkeep of running slapdash farms, these butchers
starve, mistreat, abuse, neglect, and harm animals to horrific and gruesome
degrees. The yards pose immense risk to public health, safety, and well-being.
Blood and animal byproducts are often illegally disposed of onsite, jeopardizing
local groundwater. Without any kind of regulation, the meat is sold to the
general public on the black market.
Recently, ALDF filed a lawsuit in Florida on behalf of Hillsborough County
residents -- who are alarmed by criminal violations of public health codes and
animal slaughter and disposal laws, illegal sale of horse, cow, and pig meat,
and horrifying cruelty to animals found in these yards. ALDF’s landmark case
marks the first time Florida residents have sued to stop the unspeakable acts of
cruelty committed by backyard butchers and the threat to public health and
safety they pose.
Action! Help ALDF and the animals by stopping the development of backyard
slaughter in your neighborhood too.
Visit our website to watch the video of our undercover
investigation, and to notify your lawmakers about this disturbing practice.
Stephen Wells, Ex. Director, ALDF