For Speedy Launch:
October 17, 2022
Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382
Hammond, La. – Following not too long ago obtained federal reviews 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 the moment to 21st Judicial District Legal professional Scott M. Perrilloux, calling on him to research and file relevant felony prices in opposition to these accountable.
In accordance with the reviews, on June 7, a trailer hauling greater than 3,000 chickens overturned on the slaughterhouse—“seemingly” because of the driver’s error—evidently inflicting nearly all of the birds to suffocate and be crushed to dying below 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 an identical one on April 22, by which two chickens remained aware, wanting round with their “eyes open,” whereas being plunged right into a tank of scalding-hot water, by which they drowned or burned to dying.
“These disturbing reviews present that hundreds of chickens skilled terrifying deaths in a trailer crash and that others endured agonizing ache as they had 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 stop extra unlawful struggling by investigating and bringing applicable prices—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 worry and worth their lives, simply as people do. The group is pursuing prices below state regulation as a result of federal officers haven’t prosecuted any inspected slaughterhouses for acts of abuse and neglect equivalent to these at Sanderson since not less than 2007.
PETA—whose motto reads, partially, that “animals usually are 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 or observe the group on Twitter, Fb, or Instagram.
PETA’s letter to Perrilloux follows.
October 17, 2022
The Honorable Scott M. Perrilloux
District Legal professional
21st Judicial District
Pricey Mr. Perrilloux:
I’m writing to request that your workplace (and an area law-enforcement company, as you deem applicable) examine and file relevant felony prices in opposition to the employees chargeable 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 hooked up reviews, which the company simply made out there to the general public.
In accordance with the reviews, on June 7 a trailer confining greater than 3,000 reside chickens overturned on the above handle, “seemingly” because of the 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 below each other, as the warmth index reached 97 levels. Roughly 3,000 birds had 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, seemingly of drowning, regardless that the water vat might have been drained in roughly 1 minute when the road stopped.
Lastly, on April 22 FSIS workers noticed two still-conscious chickens being conveyed right into a tank of scalding water, the place they had been drowned and/or burned to dying.
This conduct doesn’t signify the otherwise-exempt “commonplace … processing of agriculture merchandise” and thus might violate LA. REV. STAT. ANN. § 14:102.1. Please notice that FSIS’ easy reviews on the issues carry no felony or civil penalties and don’t preempt felony legal responsibility below state regulation for cruelty to animals. Thanks on your time and consideration and for the necessary work that you just do.
Vice President of Proof Evaluation
Cruelty Investigations Division