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Feds See Pigs Repeatedly Crushed at JBS; PETA Seeks Felony Fees


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September 22, 2022

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Worthington, Minn. – Following lately obtained federal studies 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 Lawyer Joseph M. Sanow calling on him to research and file relevant legal expenses towards the employees accountable.

Based on the studies, on March 24, 2022, a federal agent noticed a JBS employee elevate 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 increase a paddle “nicely above his head” and strike down on a gaggle of pigs, sending them “scrambling on high of each other.” Brokers have discovered proof of not less than one further 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 forestall 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 below state legislation as a result of federal officers haven’t prosecuted any inspected slaughterhouses for acts of abuse comparable to these at JBS—the world’s largest slaughterer of animals—since not less than 2007.

PETA—whose motto reads, partly, that “animals will not be ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For extra data 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 Sanow follows.

September 22, 2022

The Honorable Joseph M. Sanow

Nobles County Lawyer

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 liable 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 studies that the company lately made out there to the general public. (See the hooked up desk.)

Based on the studies, on December 10, 2021, an FSIS agent noticed a JBS employee lifting a paddle “nicely 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 elevate 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 not less than one further 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 below state legislation for acts of cruelty to animals. Thanks on your time and consideration of this essential matter.

Sincerely,

Daniel Paden

Vice President of Proof Evaluation

Cruelty Investigations Division



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