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PETA calls for criminal investigation of Warsaw-based Harmon Bros. Meats for ‘persistent violations’

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) on Monday requested the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky investigate Warsaw-based Harmon Brothers Meats, Inc. for persistent violations of the federal Humane Methods of Slaughter Act.

PETA cites recently-obtained U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports revealing four violations of the federal law in the past year and has requested criminal charges be brought against the facility and the workers responsible.

According to the USDA reports, on April 13, a Harmon Brothers employee shot a pig with a rifle three times but failed to stun the animal, who cried out and tried to crawl away. A worker lowered the side of the stunning chamber onto the pig’s neck, and the animal cried out again. Finally, a fourth shot with a captive-bolt gun rendered the animal unconscious. On January 22, a worker shot a longhorn bull in the head three times; on July 17, a cow who’d been shot, shackled by the back legs, and hung upside-down began crying out and struggling and was shot again; and on May 8, 2017, a worker dragged a conscious, squealing pig across the floor by the front two legs.

“These disturbing revelations show that workers at Harmon Brothers Meats either can’t or won’t handle and stun animals competently and without causing them terrible fear, pain, and suffering,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “PETA is calling for federal prosecution in this case on behalf of the cows and pigs who suffered at this facility and the members of the public who care about them.”

PETA 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 cows, pigs, chickens, and others from suffering in slaughterhouses is to go vegan.

For more information, please visit PETA.org.

From People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

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