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Feds See Cattle Repeatedly Shot, Denied Meals for Days; PETA Seeks Prison Expenses

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August 25, 2022

Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382

Henry County, Ala. – Following lately revealed federal stories documenting that cattle had been repeatedly shot within the head and others had been denied meals for 2 days on the Southern Meat Processing LLC slaughterhouse in Headland, PETA fired off a letter right now to twentyth Judicial Circuit District Legal professional Patrick B. Jones III calling on him to analyze and file relevant prison fees in opposition to the employees accountable.

In response to the stories, on March 2 a steer remained aware and searching round after a employee shot him within the head with a firearm. It took a second shot to finish his struggling. In January, employees stored two cows for 2 days in separate pens that “had no feed” all week, and in October a cow remained aware and searching round after a employee shot her within the head. A second shot lastly rendered her unconscious.

“This slaughterhouse is hell on Earth for animals, the place a steer and a cow had been shot repeatedly and different cows had been left in a pen with nothing to eat for days,” says PETA Vice President of Proof Evaluation Daniel Paden. “PETA is looking on the district legal professional to step in and forestall extra unlawful struggling by investigating and bringing acceptable fees—and reminds everybody that the one humane meal is a vegan one.”

PETA factors out that cows, pigs, sheep, chickens, and different animals really feel ache and concern and worth their lives, simply as people do. The group is pursuing fees beneath state legislation as a result of federal officers haven’t prosecuted any inspected slaughterhouses for acts of abuse and neglect equivalent to these at Southern Meat Processing since not less than 2007.

PETA—whose motto reads, partly, that “animals will not be ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For extra data on PETA’s investigative newsgathering and reporting, please go to or comply with the group on Twitter, Fb, or Instagram.

PETA’s letter to Jones follows.

August 25, 2022

The Honorable Patrick B. Jones III
District Legal professional
20th Judicial Circuit

Pricey Mr. Jones:

I’m writing to request that your workplace (and a law-enforcement company, as you deem acceptable) examine and file relevant prison fees in opposition to Southern Meat Processing LLC and the employees liable for repeatedly capturing cows within the head—and denying different cows meals for 2 days—at its slaughterhouse positioned at 19990 Hwy. 431 S. in Headland. The U.S. Division of Agriculture’s Meals Security and Inspection Service (FSIS) documented the incidents in stories that the company lately made obtainable to the general public. (See the hooked up desk.)

In response to the stories, on March 2 FSIS employees noticed {that a} steer remained aware—and was trying round—after a slaughterhouse employee shot him within the head with a firearm, earlier than a second blast lastly ended the animal’s struggling. Equally, on October 7 a employee shot a cow within the head with a 12-gauge slug, however she remained aware till a second shot shocked her.

On January 5, a federal agent discovered two cows with out meals. They’d been delivered to the slaughterhouse two days earlier and had been then stored in pens “which had no feed … all week.”

This conduct might violate Alabama Code § 13A-11-14. Please be aware that FSIS’ motion carries no prison or civil penalties and doesn’t preempt prison legal responsibility beneath state legislation for acts of cruelty to animals. Thanks on your time and consideration.


Daniel Paden
Vice President of Proof Evaluation
Cruelty Investigations Division



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