PETA’s ‘Pandemic Pig’ to Protest Triumph Foods Slaughterhouse in St. Joseph

For Immediate Release:
November 26, 2020

David Perle 202-483-7382

St. Joseph, Mo. – On Friday, PETA’s “Pandemic Pig” will lead activists in a spirited protest of the Triumph Foods pig slaughterhouse on the Stockyards Expressway, which has remained open even as hundreds of workers have contracted COVID-19 and four have died. The protesters will point out that the novel coronavirus originated in a meat market, that the virus has spread like wildfire among slaughterhouse workers, and that Triumph Foods can help stop this suffering and death of humans and other animals by either shutting down or producing exclusively vegan pork.

“Filthy, wet, blood- and offal-soaked slaughterhouses and meat markets are breeding grounds for zoonotic diseases that threaten the health of every human on the planet,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA is urging Triumph Foods to see the vegan light and reinvent itself as a producer of healthy, 100% humane, plant-based pork.”

The novel coronavirus originated in a Chinese “wet market” where live and dead animals were 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.

 Where:           Outside the Triumph Foods slaughterhouse, 5302 Stockyards Expy. (at the intersection with Illinois Avenue), St. Joseph

 When:             Friday, November 27, 3 p.m.

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


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