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Feds See Animals Repeatedly Shot at Native Slaughterhouse; PETA Seeks Felony Probe

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October 26, 2022

Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382

Winchester, Va. – PETA has obtained current U.S. Division of Agriculture studies revealing two violations of legislation at Mild Harvest exterior Winchester, Virginia, through which a pig and a cow remained aware after being shot within the head. In response, the group despatched a letter right now to Frederick County Commonwealth’s Lawyer Ross Spicer calling on him to research and file applicable felony costs towards these accountable.

In accordance with the studies, on October 7 a employee shot a pig within the head with a rifle however the animal remained standing and crying out. The employee then shot the animal once more earlier than the plant supervisor provided a shotgun, which was used to shoot the pig two extra instances. On April 15, a cow additionally remained standing after a employee shot her within the head.

“Regardless of this slaughterhouse’s identify, these studies doc gradual and agonizing deaths that had been something however mild,” says PETA Vice President of Proof Evaluation Daniel Paden. “PETA is asking for an investigation on behalf of those animals and is urging everybody to assist forestall extra animals from struggling in slaughterhouses by going vegan.”

PETA—whose motto reads, partially, that “animals aren’t ours to eat” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview—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 costs below state legislation as a result of federal officers haven’t prosecuted any inspected slaughterhouses for acts of abuse since at the least 2007.

For extra data on PETA’s investigative newsgathering and reporting, go to or comply with the group on Twitter, Fb, or Instagram.

PETA’s letter to Spicer follows.

October 26, 2022

The Honorable Ross Spicer
Frederick County Commonwealth’s Lawyer

Expensive Mr. Spicer:

I hope this letter finds you effectively. I want to request that your workplace (and the right native law-enforcement company, as you deem applicable) examine and file appropriate felony costs towards the employees liable for repeatedly taking pictures aware animals within the head on two current events on the Mild Harvest slaughterhouse positioned at 468 White Corridor Rd. exterior Winchester. The U.S. Division of Agriculture’s Meals Security and Inspection Service (FSIS) documented the incidents within the connected studies, which state the next:

  • October 7: “[A] sow was loaded into the knock field and an worker tried to stun the sow utilizing a .22 Magnum rifle. The stun try was unsuccessful as evidenced by the sow remaining standing and vocalizing briefly. The worker instantly utilized a second stun try utilizing the identical .22 magnum rifle, however the sow remained standing within the knock field. The worker known as for the Plant Supervisor, who was in a room adjoining to the kill flooring, and requested help. The Plant Supervisor retrieved a .410 shotgun from a gun cupboard and introduced it to the worker. The worker then shot the sow utilizing the .410 shotgun, however the sow remained standing and vocalizing barely. The worker then utilized an instantaneous 2nd shot utilizing the .410 shotgun (4th general stun try), which rendered the sow unconscious.”[1]
  • April 15: “Whereas beautiful a beef (Steer) with a Jarvis Product Corp .25S caliber captive stun bolt within the knock field space, the institution had a Mis-stun. On the primary shot, the animal jerked [his] head to the aspect and the worker didn’t make an efficient stun. The institution instantly positioned an efficient second shot to the animal rendering [him] unconscious.”[2]

This conduct seems to violate Va. Code § 3.2-6570. Importantly, FSIS’ motion carries no felony or civil penalties and doesn’t preempt felony legal responsibility below state legislation for slaughterhouse employees who perpetrate acts of cruelty to animals.[3] On condition that the FSIS hasn’t initiated a felony prosecution of a licensed slaughterhouse for inhumane dealing with since at the least 2007, costs below state legislation are these victims’ solely probability at a measure of justice.

Please tell us what we’d do to help you. Thanks in your consideration and for the tough work that you just do.



Colin Henstock
Investigations Mission Supervisor

[1]FSIS District 80 Supervisor Todd Furey, Discover of Suspension, Mild Harvest (October 7, 2022) Final accessed October 21, 2022.

[2]FSIS, Noncompliance Report, Mild Harvest (April 15, 2022),

[3]See Nat’l. Meat Assoc. v. Harris, 132 S. Ct. 965, 974 n.10 (2012) (“States might actual civil or felony penalties for animal cruelty or different conduct that additionally violates the [Federal Meat

Inspection Act (FMIA)]. See [21 U.S.C.] §678; cf. Bates v. Dow Agrosciences, LLC, 544 U.S. 431, 447 (2005), holding {that a} preemption clause barring state legal guidelines ‘along with or completely different’ from a federal Act doesn’t intervene with an ‘equal’ state provision. Though the FMIA preempts a lot state legislation involving slaughterhouses, it thus leaves some room for the States to manage.”).

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