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Slaughterhouse Staff Repeatedly Prod and Electroshock Cow; PETA Seeks Felony Probe

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January 18, 2024

Brittney Williams 202-483-7382

Jerome County, Idaho – PETA despatched a letter to Jerome County Prosecuting Lawyer Sam Beus in the present day asking him to research and file applicable legal costs in opposition to the employees liable for putting and electroshocking a cow—and twice taking pictures a acutely aware steer within the head—on the True West Beef slaughterhouse close to Jerome.

A damning, just-released U.S. Division of Agriculture (USDA) report reveals that on August 8, 2023, a USDA inspector witnessed staff repeatedly jabbing a cow with rattle paddles—inflexible oars crammed with noisy beads—earlier than electroshocking the animal 5 instances with a prod as she cried out. The inspector stopped the staff, whose actions had been apparently captured on video by the slaughterhouse.

On July 19, 2023, an inspector witnessed a employee shoot a steer within the head with a captive-bolt gun however fail to stun the animal, who moved his head “a number of instances” back and forth earlier than the employee rendered him unconscious with a second shot. The inspector famous that the primary unsuccessful try had left a gap over the steer’s sinus cavity.

“At this hellhole for animals, staff tormented an already terrified cow and a steer spent his final moments in agony as he remained acutely aware after being shot within the head,” says PETA Vice President of Proof Evaluation Daniel Paden. “PETA is looking for a legal investigation on these animals’ behalf and urges everybody to assist stop others like them from struggling by going vegan.”

PETA is pursuing costs below state legislation as a result of federal officers haven’t prosecuted any inspected slaughterhouses for acts of abuse since a minimum of 2007.

PETA—whose motto reads, partially, that “animals should not ours to eat”—factors out that Each Animal Is Somebody and provides free Empathy Kits for individuals who want a lesson in kindness. For extra info, please go to PETA.org or comply with the group on X (previously Twitter), Fb, or Instagram.

PETA’s letter to Beus follows.

January 18, 2024

The Honorable Sam Beus

Jerome County Prosecuting Lawyer

Pricey Mr. Beus:

I’m writing to request that your workplace (and a law-enforcement company, as vital) examine and file relevant legal costs in opposition to the people liable for repeatedly putting and electroshocking a cow—and severely wounding one other—at True West Beef LLC, positioned at 6206 U.S. 93 close to Jerome. The U.S. Division of Agriculture’s Meals Security and Inspection Service (FSIS) documented the incidents in studies that the company lately made accessible to the general public. (See the hooked up desk.)

In line with these studies, on August 8 an FSIS inspector noticed two staff repeatedly prodding a cow within the torso and hindquarters with rattle paddles. One of many staff repeatedly electroshocked the animal on the hindquarters, inflicting her to cry out. A 3rd employee then electroshocked the cow three extra instances, inflicting her to name out repeatedly. The FSIS inspector intervened, halting the staff’ actions, which had been evidently captured on video by the slaughterhouse.

On July 19, an inspector noticed a employee shoot a steer within the head with a captive-bolt gun however fail to stun the animal. The animal “purposeful[ly]” moved his head—which had a gap over the sinus cavity—“a number of instances” earlier than the employee ended his ache with a second shot. For extra particulars on these incidents, please contact FSIS Workplace of Discipline Operations District Supervisor Dr. Robert Reeder at 303-236-9788 or [email protected].

This conduct doesn’t signify the in any other case exempt “humane slaughter of any animal … raised as meals” and thus seems to violate Idaho Code § 25-3504, which prohibits cruelty to animals. Please observe that the FSIS’ studies carry no legal or civil penalties and don’t preempt legal legal responsibility below state legislation for acts of cruelty to animals. On condition that the FSIS hasn’t initiated a legal prosecution of a licensed slaughterhouse for inhumane dealing with since a minimum of 2007, costs below state legislation are these victims’ solely likelihood at a measure of justice.

Thanks to your time and consideration.


Daniel Paden

Vice President of Proof Evaluation


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