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Feds See Animals Repeatedly Shot at Native Slaughterhouse; PETA Seeks Legal Probe

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October 26, 2022

Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382

Winchester, Va. – PETA has obtained latest U.S. Division of Agriculture stories revealing two violations of regulation at Light Harvest exterior Winchester, Virginia, through which a pig and a cow remained aware after being shot within the head. In response, the group despatched a letter right now to Frederick County Commonwealth’s Legal professional Ross Spicer calling on him to analyze and file acceptable prison fees in opposition to these accountable.

In accordance with the stories, on October 7 a employee shot a pig within the head with a rifle however the animal remained standing and crying out. The employee then shot the animal once more earlier than the plant supervisor provided a shotgun, which was used to shoot the pig two extra occasions. On April 15, a cow additionally remained standing after a employee shot her within the head.

“Regardless of this slaughterhouse’s title, these stories doc sluggish and agonizing deaths that have been something however light,” says PETA Vice President of Proof Evaluation Daniel Paden. “PETA is asking for an investigation on behalf of those animals and is urging everybody to assist stop extra animals from struggling in slaughterhouses by going vegan.”

PETA—whose motto reads, partially, that “animals are usually not ours to eat” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview—factors out that pigs, cows, sheep, chickens, and different animals really feel ache and concern and worth their lives, simply as people do. The group is pursuing fees underneath state regulation as a result of federal officers haven’t prosecuted any inspected slaughterhouses for acts of abuse since at the least 2007.

For extra data on PETA’s investigative newsgathering and reporting, go to PETA.org or observe the group on Twitter, Fb, or Instagram.

PETA’s letter to Spicer follows.

October 26, 2022

The Honorable Ross Spicer
Frederick County Commonwealth’s Legal professional

Expensive Mr. Spicer:

I hope this letter finds you effectively. I wish to request that your workplace (and the right native law-enforcement company, as you deem acceptable) examine and file appropriate prison fees in opposition to the employees liable for repeatedly capturing aware animals within the head on two latest events on the Light Harvest slaughterhouse situated at 468 White Corridor Rd. exterior Winchester. The U.S. Division of Agriculture’s Meals Security and Inspection Service (FSIS) documented the incidents within the hooked up stories, which state the next:

  • October 7: “[A] sow was loaded into the knock field and an worker tried to stun the sow utilizing a .22 Magnum rifle. The stun try was unsuccessful as evidenced by the sow remaining standing and vocalizing briefly. The worker instantly utilized a second stun try utilizing the identical .22 magnum rifle, however the sow remained standing within the knock field. The worker referred to as for the Plant Supervisor, who was in a room adjoining to the kill flooring, and requested help. The Plant Supervisor retrieved a .410 shotgun from a gun cupboard and introduced it to the worker. The worker then shot the sow utilizing the .410 shotgun, however the sow remained standing and vocalizing barely. The worker then utilized a right away 2nd shot utilizing the .410 shotgun (4th total stun try), which rendered the sow unconscious.”[1]
  • April 15: “Whereas beautiful a beef (Steer) with a Jarvis Product Corp .25S caliber captive stun bolt within the knock field space, the institution had a Mis-stun. On the primary shot, the animal jerked [his] head to the facet and the worker didn’t make an efficient stun. The institution instantly positioned an efficient second shot to the animal rendering [him] unconscious.”[2]

This conduct seems to violate Va. Code § 3.2-6570. Importantly, FSIS’ motion carries no prison or civil penalties and doesn’t preempt prison legal responsibility underneath state regulation for slaughterhouse employees who perpetrate acts of cruelty to animals.[3] On condition that the FSIS hasn’t initiated a prison prosecution of a licensed slaughterhouse for inhumane dealing with since at the least 2007, fees underneath state regulation are these victims’ solely probability at a measure of justice.

Please tell us what we would do to help you. Thanks in your consideration and for the troublesome work that you just do.



Colin Henstock
Investigations Challenge Supervisor

[1]FSIS District 80 Supervisor Todd Furey, Discover of Suspension, Light Harvest (October 7, 2022) https://www.fsis.usda.gov/websites/default/recordsdata/media_file/paperwork/M34103-NOS-10072022.pdf. Final accessed October 21, 2022.

[2]FSIS, Noncompliance Report, Light Harvest (April 15, 2022), https://www.peta.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/2022-04-15-noncompliance-record.pdf.

[3]See Nat’l. Meat Assoc. v. Harris, 132 S. Ct. 965, 974 n.10 (2012) (“States might precise civil or prison penalties for animal cruelty or different conduct that additionally violates the [Federal Meat

Inspection Act (FMIA)]. See [21 U.S.C.] §678; cf. Bates v. Dow Agrosciences, LLC, 544 U.S. 431, 447 (2005), holding {that a} preemption clause barring state legal guidelines ‘along with or totally different’ from a federal Act doesn’t intervene with an ‘equal’ state provision. Though the FMIA preempts a lot state regulation involving slaughterhouses, it thus leaves some room for the States to control.”).



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