A slaughterhouse video showing pigs alive and conscious as the slaughtering process begins has raised fury among animal rights activist and animal lovers in general. It was an undercover video made by an animal activist that brought this horrendous cruelty to the headlines. The man went to work in one of the biggest pig slaughter houses in the U.S. and he captured this disturbing video.
According to the Huffington Post on November 11, the Quality Pork Processors or QPP is the slaughter house that supplies more than half of the “fresh pork raw material needs” for Hormel, the maker of Spam and other processed meat products. The video that was taken from inside this slaughter house show pigs shaking in fear as they are being slaughtered and these pigs are in pain from this cruel action.
The federal Humane Slaughter Act states that livestock must be completely sedated and “rendered insensible to pain” before slaughter. This wasn’t at all the case in the video. QPP is participating in a federal pilot program called Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point-Based Inspection Models Project, or HIMP.
This program basically lets the slaughter house take more responsibility in the governing of humane killing of the animals, which takes some of the load off federal inspectors so they can spend more time on food safety. Apparently it isn’t working very well if what the latest reports are saying and actions seen on this video ring true.
The Wall Street Journal reports that this video was released on Wednesday and it was taken at the Austin, Minnesota, QPP plant, the one that Hormel uses for their pork products. The QPP company is denying the allegations after they reportedly reviewed the video.
Rendering the animals stunned or unconscious so they don’t feel the pain of the slaughter takes time. Much more production occurs if that step is skipped, according to the group Compassion Over Killing reports. “That means this facility operates at faster line speeds than almost any other facility in the U.S.,” according to this group. “The excessive slaughter line speed forces workers to take inhumane shortcuts that lead to extreme suffering for millions of pigs. It also jeopardizes food safety for consumers.”
This video caught workers at the slaughter house beating and dragging pigs across the floor and they are seen cheering as this goes on. One worker can be overheard on the undercover video saying, “That one was definitely alive.” He shouted this to another employee as the pig carcasses were moving down a conveyor belt. He also said: “If USDA is around, they could shut us down.”
He was right because USDA spokesperson, Adam Tarr said:
“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.”
Tarr went on to say: “Had these actions been observed by the inspectors, they would have resulted in immediate regulatory action against the plant.”
Apparently there were USDA inspectors at the plant while this was happening, but they were in a different location of the plant. Tarr said the “video was taken out of their view.”