Federal Probe Sought: Animals Cut, Repeatedly Shot in Head While Conscious

For Immediate Release:
August 21, 2019

David Perle 202-483-7382

Lynnville, Tenn. – PETA has obtained recent U.S. Department of Agriculture reports revealing three recent violations of federal law at Light Hill Meats in Giles County. In response, PETA sent a letter this morning calling on the U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee to review these violations of the Humane Methods of Livestock Slaughter Act and, as appropriate, file criminal charges against the facility and the workers who cut a bull’s throat and started to sever his spinal cord before he cried out and stood up, shot a pig in the head three times while she cried out, and shot a sheep in the head four times before finally rendering the animal unconscious.

“These disturbing eyewitness reports show that these animals experienced prolonged, agonizing deaths at Light Hill Meats,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “PETA is calling for a federal investigation in behalf of the animals who suffered at this facility and urging all compassionate members of the public who are disturbed by this cruelty to go vegan and help prevent more animals from enduring cruelty in slaughterhouses.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. The group notes that pigs, sheep, bulls, cows, chickens, and other animals have a central nervous system and sense of self-preservation, just as humans do, and that the best way to help prevent them from suffering in slaughterhouses is not to eat them.

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