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September 22, 2022
David Perle 202-483-7382
Worthington, Minn. – Following just lately obtained federal reviews documenting employees lifting paddles above their heads and repeatedly hanging pigs on the JBS slaughterhouse in Worthington, PETA fired off a letter this morning to Nobles County Legal professional Joseph M. Sanow calling on him to research and file relevant legal expenses towards the employees accountable.
In keeping with the reviews, on March 24, 2022, a federal agent noticed a JBS employee raise a paddle above his head and strike down on a pig twice. That adopted an analogous incident on December 10, 2021, during which a federal agent noticed a employee elevate a paddle “properly above his head” and strike down on a gaggle of pigs, sending them “scrambling on prime of each other.” Brokers have discovered proof of a minimum of one extra beating: On March 28, 2022, an inspector “noticed a hog with two darkish pink distinct rattle paddle bruising marks …. The bruising was so sharp that the bolt holding the paddle collectively might be distinguished among the many contours of the paddle.”
“This slaughterhouse is hell on Earth for animals, the place employees wielded paddles as weapons, repeatedly beating pigs,” says PETA Vice President of Proof Evaluation Daniel Paden. “PETA is looking on the county lawyer to step in and stop extra unlawful struggling by bringing applicable expenses—and reminds everybody that the one humane meal is a vegan one.”
PETA 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 expenses beneath state regulation as a result of federal officers haven’t prosecuted any inspected slaughterhouses for acts of abuse equivalent to these at JBS—the world’s largest slaughterer of animals—since a minimum of 2007.
PETA—whose motto reads, partially, that “animals should not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For extra info on PETA’s investigative newsgathering and reporting, please go to PETA.org or observe the group on Twitter, Fb, or Instagram.
PETA’s letter to Sanow follows.
September 22, 2022
The Honorable Joseph M. Sanow
Nobles County Legal professional
Pricey Mr. Sanow:
I’m writing to request that your workplace (and a law-enforcement company, as you deem applicable) examine and file relevant legal expenses towards these answerable for lifting paddles above their heads and repeatedly hanging pigs at JBS, situated at 1700 Hwy. 60 N.E. in Worthington. The U.S. Division of Agriculture’s Meals Security and Inspection Service (FSIS) documented the incidents in reviews that the company just lately made obtainable to the general public. (See the connected desk.)
In keeping with the reviews, on December 10, 2021, an FSIS agent noticed a JBS employee lifting a paddle “properly above his head and hanging down on a gaggle of hogs.” After realizing that the agent was observing him, the JBS employee “started to solely raise the paddle to shoulder peak and faucet the hogs.”
On March 24, 2022, a federal agent noticed a JBS employee “lifting a rattle paddle above his head and hanging down on a … hog twice. The paddle struck the decrease again of the hog.” JBS video of the incident evidently corroborated the agent’s observations.
FSIS workers discovered proof of a minimum of one extra beating. On March 28, an inspector “noticed a hog with two darkish pink distinct rattle paddle bruising marks throughout the nape …. The bruising was so sharp that the bolt holding the paddle collectively might be distinguished among the many contours of the paddle.” JBS personnel evidently photographed the bruising.
This conduct could violate Minnesota Statute § 343.21. Please observe that FSIS’ motion carries no legal or civil penalties and doesn’t preempt legal legal responsibility beneath state regulation for acts of cruelty to animals. Thanks on your time and consideration of this essential matter.
Vice President of Proof Evaluation
Cruelty Investigations Division