Recently recorded footage by Compassion Over Killing, a nonprofit animal rights organization, reveals disgusting and appalling evidence of animal abuse in a Quality Pork Processors’s plant. QPP supplies Hormel Foods—one of the largest makers of pork products, including Spam.
Pigs are supposed to be stunned before they are killed according to federal regulations; however, the camera exposes workers dragging, beating, and killing the pigs while they remain conscious. The pigs also appear to be in terrible condition—they are covered in fecal matter and sores.
In one instance, a worker stands over a dead hog and remarks, “That one was definitely alive. If the USDA is around, they could shut us down.”
QPP, of course, has claimed that the footage is edited and distorted in a statement to the Washington Post. Nate Jansen, QPP’s vice president of human resources, expresses that the company has sought to discipline and retrain two of the workers involved in the video, and the he is “disappointed” in workers for eschewing company policies. Hormel more decisively asserts that it does not tolerate inhumane treatment of animals.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has responded to the situation, stating that, “the actions depicted in the video under review are completely unacceptable,” and that the department will continue further investigation into the matter.
Regardless, what we see in the slaughterhouse is cruel, horrifying, and an embodiment of the negative ramifications of factory farming. Compassion over Killing is pushing this Change.org petition to end reduced inspections that may be causing instances such as these. Executive director Erica Meier also notes that, “we hope after watching our video, caring consumers will stand up for animals every time they sit down to eat by choosing meat-free foods.”
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