New USDA Citation for Duncan Slaughterhouse—PETA Demands Charges

For Immediate Release:
April 24, 2019

Audrey Shircliff 202-483-7382

Spartanburg, S.C. – According to a new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) report, Foster’s Meats in Duncan, South Carolina, has been cited again for violating federal law—its sixth violation this year. On April 1, a worker at the slaughterhouse shot a pig in the head three times before the animal was finally rendered unconscious, and this latest botched killing has prompted PETA to renew its call for U.S. Attorney for the District of South Carolina Sherri A. Lydon to file criminal charges against this notorious facility.

“The pain and fear that this pig must have felt while enduring multiple blasts to the head are hard to imagine,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “Clearly, USDA oversight isn’t enough to keep this slaughterhouse from systemically violating the law, so PETA is calling for federal prosecution on behalf of the animals who suffered at this facility.”

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 other animals have a central nervous system and sense of self-preservation, just as humans do, and that the only way to prevent pigs, cows, chickens, and others from being abused and killed in slaughterhouses is to go vegan.

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