Feds Discover 1000’s of Chickens Killed in Wreck, Others Drowned; PETA Seeks Legal Fees


For Speedy Launch:
October 17, 2022

Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382

Hammond, La. – Following lately obtained federal experiences documenting that roughly 3,000 chickens died when an employee-operated truck crashed and others drowned or burned to dying on the Sanderson Farms Inc. slaughterhouse close to Hammond, PETA fired off a letter at this time to 21st Judicial District Lawyer Scott M. Perrilloux, calling on him to research and file relevant felony expenses towards these accountable.

In response to the experiences, on June 7, a trailer hauling greater than 3,000 chickens overturned on the slaughterhouse—“doubtless” as a result of driver’s error—evidently inflicting nearly all of the birds to suffocate and be crushed to dying underneath each other as the warmth index reached 97 levels. On June 27, Sanderson workers left chickens hanging the other way up with their heads “completely submerged” in electrified water within the slaughter line, inflicting them to drown. This incident follows the same one on April 22, through which two chickens remained aware, trying round with their “eyes open,” whereas being plunged right into a tank of scalding-hot water, through which they drowned or burned to dying.

“These disturbing experiences present that hundreds of chickens skilled terrifying deaths in a trailer crash and that others endured agonizing ache as they have been drowned or scalded to dying,” says PETA Vice President of Proof Evaluation Daniel Paden. “PETA is looking on the district legal professional to step in and forestall extra unlawful struggling by investigating and bringing acceptable expenses—and we’d prefer to remind everybody that the one humane meal is a vegan one.”

PETA factors out that chickens, pigs, cows, sheep, and different animals really feel ache and concern and worth their lives, simply as people do. The group is pursuing expenses underneath state legislation as a result of federal officers haven’t prosecuted any inspected slaughterhouses for acts of abuse and neglect resembling these at Sanderson since at the least 2007.

PETA—whose motto reads, partially, that “animals aren’t 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 comply with the group on Twitter, Fb, or Instagram.

PETA’s letter to Perrilloux follows.

October 17, 2022

The Honorable Scott M. Perrilloux

District Lawyer

21st Judicial District

Pricey Mr. Perrilloux:

I’m writing to request that your workplace (and a neighborhood law-enforcement company, as you deem acceptable) examine and file relevant felony expenses towards the employees liable for killing 3,000 chickens in a trailer crash—and leaving others to drown and/or be scalded to dying whereas aware—on the Sanderson Farms Inc. slaughterhouse situated at 13111 Hwy. 190 W., close to Hammond. The Meals Security and Inspection Service (FSIS) documented the incidents within the connected experiences, which the company simply made out there to the general public.

In response to the experiences, on June 7 a trailer confining greater than 3,000 dwell chickens overturned on the above deal with, “doubtless” as a result of error(s) of a then-Sanderson truck driver. A federal agent—solely notified of the incident 80 minutes later—apparently discovered that birds had been crushed and suffocated underneath each other, as the warmth index reached 97 levels. Roughly 3,000 birds have been killed, and solely 20 animals survived the incident.

On June 27, throughout a stoppage within the slaughter line, an FSIS agent discovered that Sanderson personnel had left chickens hanging the other way up with their heads in electrified water. The animals died there, doubtless of drowning, despite the fact that the water vat may have been drained in roughly 1 minute when the road stopped.

Lastly, on April 22 FSIS employees noticed two still-conscious chickens being conveyed right into a tank of scalding water, the place they have been drowned and/or burned to dying.

This conduct doesn’t signify the otherwise-exempt “normal … processing of agriculture merchandise” and thus could violate LA. REV. STAT. ANN. § 14:102.1. Please be aware that FSIS’ easy experiences on the issues carry no felony or civil penalties and don’t preempt felony legal responsibility underneath state legislation for cruelty to animals. Thanks in your time and consideration and for the vital work that you simply do.


Daniel Paden

Vice President of Proof Evaluation

Cruelty Investigations Division


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