The AWI proposal lists four actions relating to food safety laws that deal with animal treatment at slaughter:
• Issue guidance to Food Safety and Inspection Service district offices recommending longer suspensions for repeat violators of humane treatment laws.
• Develop procedures for referring alleged instances of animal cruelty to state or local law enforcement.
• Work to achieve greater consistency among state-level humane slaughter enforcement programs.
• Post slaughter establishment enforcement records on the USDA website.
The petition stems from a recent AWI study looking at state and federal enforcement of humane slaughter laws.