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Victory! Sordid Slaughterhouse to Shut Its Doors

Written by Alisa Mullins | April 9, 2014

Soon, no more pigs will be repeatedly electro-shocked, jabbed, and beaten with chains at the Southern Quality Meats, Inc. (SQM), plant in Pontotoc, Mississippi: The sordid slaughterhouse will be closing its doors in June.

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Last year, a whistleblower provided us with video footage captured inside the facility showing a worker who jabbed pigs with electric prongs normally used to stun the pigs immediately prior to slaughter. The worker even put the prongs on one apparently stunned mother pig’s lower abdomen and/or genitals for no apparent reason—acts that were captured on video during a single shift.

The whistleblower also reported that workers beat downed pigs on the face and head with chains, dragged them to the kill floor―where other sows were being skinned and gutted just feet away―and electro-shocked and jabbed the injured animals for up to 30 minutes at a time.

After an investigation in July 2013, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) found that the slaughterhouse was breaking federal law. FSIS records released to PETA revealed that during a January 2013 inspection, 100 percent of the pigs observed by an FSIS official moved around in the facility’s “knock box,” which made stunning them difficult. Although FSIS addressed this issue, the slaughterhouse apparently did nothing to remedy the situation until it was caught and exposed months later.

PETA previously alerted Mississippi and Alabama school officials to the mistreatment of pigs recorded at SQM and asked them to stop using taxpayer dollars to purchase meat from the slaughterhouse since it was caught ineffectively stunning pigs in their final, terrifying moments, in violation of federal law.

What You Can Do

With SQM closing, please urge school officials to pledge, on behalf of their departments, to refrain from contracting with any slaughterhouse found to have violated the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act or broken any other animal-protection laws.

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  • MJ says:

    I feel so happy with every victory that I see. I hope all the kinds words, prayers and compassionate actions that each people do for these poor animals will inspire more people to do the same.

  • Vickie Martin says:

    I’d like to know where these people are that submit these animals to the torture that I just witnessed to animals that are already doomed to slaughter. If they will do this to an animal, imagine what they’d do to a human, if given the chance. Sick individuals that deserve the same torture that these animals are subjected to. No, I am not responsible for the torture that these animals are subjected to because I eat meat. The companies that allow this kind of a behavior are responsible for these acts of torture. Monitor your employees better and find a more humane way to euthanize an animal for slaughter, instead of allowing these sick bastards to work there and torture animals just to watch what happens when you apply an electric probe to a living creature. It’s a shame that they allow people like this to live, much less work with animals for slaughter purposes. Install cameras and fire the first idiot that abuses an animal and perhaps charge them and give them a few years, before releasing them back into the civilized world. I hate to be in their shoes when they are due their karma for such acts. Or, have to answer to God when He ask why they did such terrible things to his creatures. These are the same types of people that work in experimental labs and torture animals every day, in the name of science.
    Lord, help us!

    • Jane Rudner says:

      Tears are not enough. Stop eating them. Pigs are the fourth most intelligent species: human, great apes, dolphin, pig. The benefit to not eating them is to you as well. People who don’t eat meat significantly reduce their chances of getting cancer.

  • Ruth says:

    Thank you PETA but I wish they close now. I hope they dont continue to abuse more animals until closing. They should be supervised and watched because they can their anger more aggressively than ever onto the inoffensive pigs. Im worry about those innocent animals.

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