PETA Issues Consumer Alert Following Slaughterhouse Violation
For Immediate Release:
October 27, 2020
David Perle 202-483-7382
Como, Miss. – A damning federal report of illegal cruelty to animals documented at Home Place Pastures has prompted PETA to issue a consumer advisory: Recently distributed packages of the company’s pork may include parts of a pig who was found conscious after being slashed across the throat.
On September 29, Home Place Pastures staff electrocuted a pig in the head and then cut the animal’s throat. A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) agent then saw the bloodied, conscious pig stand up, after which slaughterhouse staff electrocuted the pig again.
“Diners, beware: The pork at your local restaurant might include the flesh of an animal who was repeatedly electrocuted and was conscious and struggling after being cut across the throat,” says PETA Senior Vice President of Cruelty Investigations Daphna Nachminovitch. “The only sure way to keep cruelty off your dinner plate is to go vegan, and PETA stands ready to help anyone make the switch.”
Home Place Pastures distributes meat products to restaurants along the Gulf Coast—including more than 50 in New Orleans—as well as in Mississippi, including more than 20 in and around Oxford and Jackson, and in Tennessee, including more than 25 in Memphis and Nashville. The company also sells its products at its farm store, online, and at various farmers’ markets. The packaging’s USDA mark of inspection would include “M45945” or “EST. 45945.”
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview—offers everyone a free vegan starter kit filled with recipes and tips for making the transition.