For Speedy Launch:
April 25, 2022
Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382
Shelby County, Ky. – After just-released federal stories that staff at F.B. Purnell Sausage Co.—the maker of “Previous People” sausage and a vendor for the Louisville Bats—beat and kicked pigs as they had been led to slaughter, electroshocked sows as much as six instances on the pinnacle and over their hearts, and left a disabled animal mendacity in “fecal soup,” PETA fired off a letter right this moment to the corporate’s president, Todd Purnell, calling on him to livestream kill-floor operations and refer the employees who abused pigs to police for potential cruelty-to-animals expenses.
“As if the journey to slaughter weren’t terrifying sufficient, these bullies punched, kicked, and repeatedly electroshocked helpless pigs,” says PETA Vice President of Proof Evaluation Dan Paden. “PETA is asking for this firm to assist cease extra egregious abuse by publicly livestreaming slaughter operations and is urging anybody disturbed by these animals’ struggling to go vegan.”
PETA has additionally requested Purnell to completely reassign all the employees concerned to positions that don’t contain contact with dwell animals.
PETA—whose motto reads, partially, that “animals aren’t ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For extra data, please go to PETA.org or observe the group on Twitter, Fb, or Instagram.
PETA’s letter to Purnell follows.
April 25, 2022
Fred Todd Purnell
F.B. Purnell Sausage Co. Inc.
Pricey Mr. Purnell:
Latest U.S. Division of Agriculture stories element that your staff beat and kicked pigs as they had been being led to slaughter, electroshocked sows (the “outdated of us,” if you’ll, of your business) as much as six instances on their head and/or over their coronary heart, and left a disabled animal mendacity in “fecal soup.” Operations at your slaughterhouse are something however “gooo-od,” and quick adjustments are wanted to stop extra unlawful animal struggling there.
Will you please publicly livestream video from all areas of your facility the place dwell animals are dealt with? With $70 million in annual gross sales, the corporate can clearly afford it. Staff would take their responsibility to deal with animals lawfully extra critically in the event that they knew that caring folks had been watching.
As Dr. Temple Grandin, the world’s foremost knowledgeable on livestock welfare, writes, “Crops [t]hat are doing a superb job ought to present what they’re doing.” Your business typically complains that right this moment’s customers don’t perceive how animals are raised and killed for meals. Please assist by enabling us to watch your staff transferring numerous particular person pigs—who worth their lives as we worth ours—off crowded vans in all climate, slashing or sticking their throats, and bleeding them to dying.
On the very least, will you completely reassign the employees referenced within the federal stories to jobs that don’t contain having contact with any dwell animals—similar to evisceration, butchering, and packaging—and report those that beat and kicked pigs to police for investigation for obvious violations of Kentucky’s anti-cruelty statute?
Thanks in your consideration.
Vice President of Proof Evaluation
Cruelty Investigations Division