7 U.S. Code § 1902 - Humane methods

No method of slaughtering or handling in connection with slaughtering shall be deemed to comply with the public policy of the United States unless it is humane. Either of the following two methods of slaughtering and handling are hereby found to be humane:
(a) in the case of cattle, calves, horses, mules, sheep, swine, and other livestock, all animals are rendered insensible to pain by a single blow or gunshot or an electrical, chemical or other means that is rapid and effective, before being shackled, hoisted, thrown, cast, or cut; or
(b) by slaughtering in accordance with the ritual requirements of the Jewish faith or any other religious faith that prescribes a method of slaughter whereby the animal suffers loss of consciousness by anemia of the brain caused by the simultaneous and instantaneous severance of the carotid arteries with a sharp instrument and handling in connection with such slaughtering.

Source

(Pub. L. 85–765, § 2,Aug. 27, 1958, 72 Stat. 862; Pub. L. 95–445, § 5(a),Oct. 10, 1978, 92 Stat. 1069.)
Amendments

1978—Par. (b). Pub. L. 95–445inserted “and handling in connection with such slaughtering” at end.
Effective Date of 1978 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 95–445effective one year after Oct. 10, 1978, and nonapplicability during not to exceed additional 18 months in hardship cases, see sec. 7 ofPub. L. 95–445set out as a note under section 603 of Title 21, Food and Drugs.

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9 CFR - Animals and Animal Products

9 CFR Part 300 - AGENCY MISSION AND ORGANIZATION

9 CFR Part 301 - TERMINOLOGY; ADULTERATION AND MISBRANDING STANDARDS

9 CFR Part 313 - HUMANE SLAUGHTER OF LIVESTOCK

9 CFR Part 318 - ENTRY INTO OFFICIAL ESTABLISHMENTS; REINSPECTION AND PREPARATION OF PRODUCTS

9 CFR Part 319 - DEFINITIONS AND STANDARDS OF IDENTITY OR COMPOSITION

9 CFR Part 325 - TRANSPORTATION

9 CFR Part 416 - SANITATION

9 CFR Part 417 - HAZARD ANALYSIS AND CRITICAL CONTROL POINT (HACCP) SYSTEMS

9 CFR Part 424 - PREPARATION AND PROCESSING OPERATIONS

9 CFR Part 430 - REQUIREMENTS FOR SPECIFIC CLASSES OF PRODUCT

9 CFR Part 439 - ACCREDITATION OF NON-FEDERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORIES

9 CFR Part 441 - CONSUMER PROTECTION STANDARDS: RAW PRODUCTS

9 CFR Part 500 - RULES OF PRACTICE

 

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