A disturbing new video shows pigs being viciously beaten and dragged across the floor at one of America’s biggest pork producing factories in Austin, Minnesota.
According to Daily Mail, some of the animals appear to have open sores and shake in terror before they are slaughtered. The footage was filmed earlier this year on a hidden camera by an investigator inside Quality Pork Processors (QPP).
The animal rights nonprofit organization Compassion over Killing has now handed the footage over to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and they are demanding an investigation be launched.
One worker in the video appears to enjoy torturing the animals, gleefully pointing to a pig on the conveyer belt and saying, “That one was definitely alive.” Another says the Department of Agriculture, “could shut us down” if they were to see what is really going on there.
“The actions depicted in the video under review are completely unacceptable, and if we can verify the video’s authenticity, we will aggressively investigate the case and take appropriate action,” said USDA spokesman Adam Tarr. “Had these actions been observed by the inspectors, they would have resulted in immediate regulatory action against the plant.”
Nate Jansen, QPP’s vice president of human resources and quality services, said that though his company has taken disciplinary actions, the video doesn’t tell the full story.
“If you look at them as a full sequence, with the handling, you will see those animals were handled according to acceptable regulations and policies and our own internal procedures,” Jansen said. “I’ve got complete trust in the foods that we produce.”
We love meat, but we’ve got to say that this footage made us rethink the pork we eat…
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