Remember when PETA caught a slaughterhouse in Mississippi—Southern Quality Meats, Inc. (SQM)—jabbing and electro-shocking helpless mother pigs? Well, SQM is now closing! To find out more, click here!
Last year, PETA received video footage of mother pigs in their final moments at SQM.
The images will haunt you.
The footage shows one SQM worker jabbing pigs with electric prongs normally used to stun them prior to slitting their throats and even putting the prongs on one apparently stunned mother pig's lower abdomen and/or genitals.
Some pigs called out before they were finally rendered insensible by stunning and hung upside down by one leg to have their throats slit—while other frightened pigs watched from just a few feet away.
Even SQM President B. Don Haynie, Sr. admitted that the video showed "improper stunning techniques" and at least "two instances in which [a pig] was not rendered unconscious on the first stun."
And that was just the suffering that was caught on video. A whistleblower also saw SQM workers beat downed mother pigs on the face and head with chains, drag some pigs to the kill floor―a deafeningly loud area filled with the stench of death―and electro-shock and jab them for up to 30 minutes.
The flesh of animals from this slaughterhouse was reportedly still served in Mississippi and Alabama schools.
Because the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act (HMSA) requires that pigs be handled with a minimum of excitement and discomfort immediately prior to slaughter and during stunning, as is necessary to ensure rapid and effective insensibility to pain—and given that federal funds subsidize Mississippi and Alabama schools' meal programs—PETA alerted the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to the conduct documented at SQM and requested an investigation.
PETA had previously alerted Mississippi State Superintendent of Education Dr. Carey Wright and the Alabama State Department of Education's program coordinator for child nutrition programs, June Barrett, to the mistreatment of pigs recorded at SQM as well as the FSIS' findings and asked both school chiefs to stop using taxpayer dollars to fund a slaughterhouse caught ineffectively stunning pigs in their final, terrifying moments in violation of federal law.
Please urge Dr. Wright and Ms. Barrett to pledge, on behalf of their departments, never again to contract with any slaughterhouse found to have violated the HMSA or broken any other animal protection laws.