Recommended Handling of Disabled or Crippled
- Although injured or incapacitated animals (sometimes called
"downers") represent less than .1 percent of all livestock arriving at
packing plants, they are significant because they require special
attention in the areas of handling, transporting, holding pens and
- As a general principle, all disabled animals arriving at packing
plants should be dispatched to slaughter as promptly as possible to
minimize the animal's suffering.