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H.R. 8308 (85th): An Act to establish the use of humane methods of slaughter of livestock as a policy of the United States, and for other purposes.


About the bill

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The Humane Slaughter Act, or the Humane Methods of Livestock Slaughter Act (P.L. 85-765; 7 U.S.C. 1901 et seq.) is a United States federal law designed to decrease suffering of livestock during slaughter. It was approved on August 27, 1958. The most notable of these requirements is the need to have an animal completely sedated and insensible to pain. This is to minimize the suffering to the point where the animal feels nothing at all, instead losing a consciousness from which they will never awaken. This differs from animal to animal as size increases and decreases. Larger animals such as bovines require a stronger method than chickens, for example. Bovines require electronarcosis or something equally potent, though electronarcosis remains a standard. The bovine would have a device placed on …

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Introduced
85th Congress (1957–1958)
Status

Enacted on Aug 27, 1958

Law
Pub.L. 85-765
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Last Updated: Aug 27, 1958

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