Update From PETA: Feds Find Trapped, Dying Steer After Collision at JBS

For Immediate Release:
April 8, 2022

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Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382

Allegan County, Mich. – A new violation at the JBS slaughterhouse near Plainwell suggests that the company just can’t or won’t learn from its mistakes. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently shut down slaughter operations at JBS after a steer endured a slow, excruciating death while trapped with his head pinned beneath his own shoulder. When the USDA investigated the incident further, it determined that a worker had run cattle through the facility at a “fast rate of speed” until they collided with another group, knocking the steer down into the contorted position that slowly killed him.

This incident follows several other animals’ prolonged deaths at JBS, including six cows who were repeatedly shot in the head, leaving them still conscious and in severe pain, as some of them looked around or even jumped around after the first shot.

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