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October 19, 2022
Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382
Scotts, Mich. – Following lately obtained federal reviews documenting staff kicking a pig, chasing and electroshocking one other, and denying cows and lambs water on the Scotts Hook & Cleaver slaughterhouse close to Scotts, PETA fired off a letter this morning to Kalamazoo County Prosecuting Lawyer Jeffrey S. Getting calling on him to research and file relevant prison fees in opposition to the employees accountable.
In keeping with the reviews, on June 28 a federal agent noticed a slaughterhouse employee kick a pig within the left shoulder with “the total swing of his leg.” On November 9, 2021, an inspector noticed a employee chasing a pig across the slaughterhouse and repeatedly electroshocking the animal. On June 15, a federal inspector discovered cows with no potable water—because the temperature reached 90 levels—“because of the extent of fecal materials floating and protecting ¾ of the … floor” of the water tank. On March 16, brokers discovered 5 lambs with out entry to water. And on February 14, an agent discovered a cow in a pen with solely frozen-solid water obtainable.
“This slaughterhouse is hell on Earth for animals, the place pigs have been kicked and electroshocked and cows and lambs left with out recent water to drink,” says PETA Vice President of Proof Evaluation Daniel Paden. “PETA is looking on the prosecuting lawyer to forestall extra unlawful struggling by bringing applicable fees—and reminds everybody that the one humane meal is a vegan one.”
PETA factors out that pigs, cows, sheep, chickens, and different animals really feel ache and worry and worth their lives, simply as people do. The group is pursuing fees beneath state regulation as a result of federal officers haven’t prosecuted any inspected slaughterhouses for acts of abuse and neglect equivalent to these at Scotts Hook & Cleaver since not less than 2007.
PETA—whose motto reads, partially, that “animals aren’t ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For extra data on PETA’s investigative newsgathering and reporting, please go to PETA.org or observe the group on Twitter, Fb, or Instagram.
PETA’s letter to Getting follows.
October 19, 2022
The Honorable Jeffrey S. Getting
Kalamazoo County Prosecuting Lawyer’s Workplace
Expensive Mr. Getting:
I hope this letter finds you nicely. I’m writing to request that your workplace (and a law-enforcement company, as vital) examine and file relevant prison fees in opposition to the people answerable for kicking a pig, repeatedly electroshocking one other pig, and denying lambs and cows water at Scotts Hook & Cleaver Inc., positioned at 8713 S. 38th St. close to Scotts. The U.S. Division of Agriculture’s Meals Security and Inspection Service (FSIS) documented the incidents in reviews that the company lately made obtainable to the general public. (See the hooked up desk.)
In keeping with the reviews, on June 28 a federal agent noticed a Scotts Hook & Cleaver employee kick a pig within the left shoulder “with the total swing of his leg.” On November 9, 2021, FSIS workers noticed a employee “chasing” a free pig across the facility and repeatedly electroshocking the animal with a tool meant to stun a stationary animal.
On June 15—because the temperature hit 90 levels—an inspector discovered cows with no potable water, “because of the extent of fecal materials floating and protecting 3/4 of the … floor” of the water tank close by. On March 16, FSIS workers discovered 5 lambs disadvantaged of water on the facility. On February 14, a federal official discovered a cow confined to a pen with solely a “frozen stable” water supply.
This conduct could violate MCL § 750.50b(2)(b) and § 750.50(2). The documented acts aren’t the lawful killing and use of livestock in any other case exempt from prosecution. Please observe that FSIS’ motion carries no prison or civil penalties and doesn’t preempt prison legal responsibility beneath state regulation for acts of cruelty to animals.
Thanks to your time and consideration.
Vice President of Proof Evaluation
Cruelty Investigations Division