As the Novel Coronavirus Infects Thousands of Workers Nationwide, PETA Calls for Slaughterhouses to Shut Down
For Immediate Release:
May 6, 2020
Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382
Logansport, Ind. – Two “Grim Reapers” holding scythes with the message “Slaughterhouses Kill Animals and Workers” will stalk the “dead center” of downtown Logansport and the Tyson slaughterhouse—which is showing no mercy for animals or workers by reopening despite nearly 900 employees (40% of the workforce) having tested positive for COVID-19—on Thursday.
When: Thursday, May 7, 12 noon
Where: At the intersection of E. Market and S. Fifth streets, Logansport
When: Thursday, May 7, 1:30 p.m.
Where: At the intersection of Logansport Bypass and W. Co Road 250 S., Logansport
“Filthy, wet, blood- and offal-soaked slaughterhouses are breeding grounds for deadly diseases that can jump from animals to humans—and they’re the least safe workplaces in the world,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “As COVID-19 spreads like wildfire from worker to worker, PETA is calling for slaughterhouses to shut down, for everyone’s protection.”
The novel coronavirus originated in a Chinese “wet market,” where live and dead animals are sold for human consumption; swine flu began on a U.S. factory farm; and other influenza viruses have been traced to chickens. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that approximately 75% of recently emerged infectious diseases affecting humans originated in other animals.
Last month, PETA sent Tyson a letter offering to help with the cost of retraining its employees to produce exclusively vegan meat.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.