Separate laws govern the slaughtering of different kinds of animals. The Humane Slaughter Act, which covers most mammals, imposes a stricter set of protections than the law governing the killing of poultry. Here’s how experts say inhumane practices can occur in chicken plants. Read related article.

Sources: Agriculture Department; National Joint Council of Food Inspection Locals; Humane Society of the United States; Animal Welfare Institute; People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals; Mohan Raj, University of Bristol; and Ian Duncan, University of Guelph. | Cristina Rivero and Kimberly Kindy/The Washington Post October 29, 2013
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