For Speedy Launch:
January 30, 2023
Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382
Ottumwa, Iowa – Regardless of a number of warnings from U.S. Division of Agriculture officers, the JBS slaughterhouse in Ottumwa continues to rack up reprimands for the repeated abuse of pigs, and new studies doc a employee beating pigs with a paddle and a pig persevering with to battle after their throat was slit. In response, PETA fired off a letter at present to JBS USA CEO Tim Schellpeper calling on him to livestream video footage from the slaughterhouse to assist put an finish to the persistent violations.
The brand new studies reveal pigs discovered with paddle marks, hemorrhaging, and different proof of abuse, together with on August 8, when a employee was seen putting pigs with the sting of a rattle paddle—which is meant as a noise-maker for use with “minimal contact”—whereas unloading the animals from a trailer. The inspector notified slaughterhouse employees that the paddle ought to by no means be used on this means, however studies file indicators of continued beatings and different violations, akin to on August 10, when an inspector found a pig whose throat had been slit nonetheless shifting and gasping for air whereas shackled the wrong way up.
“This facility is hell on Earth for animals, the place hundreds of pigs have endured painful beatings and one other was acutely aware after her throat was lower,” says PETA Vice President Daniel Paden. “PETA is asking on this facility to livestream its slaughter operations publicly and reminds everybody that the one humane meal is a vegan one.”
Federal paperwork beforehand obtained by PETA revealed a number of cases of employees beating pigs. After an agent raised the problem of extreme paddle use, a employee replied that the follow of beating pigs “won’t ever go away.”
PETA—whose motto reads, partially, that “animals are usually not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For extra data on PETA’s investigative newsgathering and reporting, please go to PETA.org, hearken to The PETA Podcast, or observe the group on Twitter, Fb, or Instagram.
PETA’s letter to Schellpeper follows.
January 30, 2023
Tim Schellpeper, CEO
Expensive Mr. Schellpeper:
Given the most recent U.S. Division of Agriculture (USDA) studies detailing a employee beating pigs on August 8, 2022, the invention of a acutely aware pig hanging on the bleed line the very subsequent day, and extra issues at JBS’s slaughterhouse in Ottumwa, Iowa, we ask that you simply instantly change operations there with a purpose to scale back animal struggling.
A protracted historical past of alarming incidents on the facility underscores the necessity for important adjustments. Final January, a federal agent noticed a truck driver “putting a number of hogs on the again with … drive” and a employee “increase his rattle paddle … over his head and strike [pigs] with nice velocity.” In February, a JBS employee was “contacting … hogs with [a] rattle paddle … additional growing agitation …. The hogs had been vocalizing.” In March, a truck driver was noticed “putting quite a few hogs … eliciting loud vocalizations from the hogs.” Days later, a JBS employee “proceed[d] to contact [a pig] with the paddle as [he] was slowly attempting to stroll …. By the point [the inspector reached the pig] the animal was … confused, laying down and respiratory closely.”
Between September 27, 2021, and September 30, 2022, USDA employees discovered that the stays of greater than 15,000 pigs slaughtered at JBS bore “paddle marks” and different “proof of implement misuse,” together with hemorrhaging. These discoveries had been made on roughly 177 totally different days. Throughout the first shift alone on October 22, 2021, injury to the our bodies of 1,050 pigs prompt such abuse. Just a few days later, a federal agent “voiced … issues with the extreme use with the paddles when driving hogs.” Apparently, a JBS employee replied that such use—and ensuing wounds on animals—“won’t ever go away.”
Will you please publicly livestream video from all areas of this facility the place stay animals are dealt with? Employees would possibly take their responsibility to deal with animals lawfully extra critically in the event that they knew caring individuals had been watching. On the very least, will you reassign the employees referenced within the federal studies to jobs that don’t contain having contact with any stay animals and report the concerned personnel to Wapello County Legal professional Reuben Neff for investigation for doable violations of the state’s anti-cruelty statute? Thanks to your consideration.
Vice President of Proof Evaluation
Cruelty Investigations Division