Target: Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture
Goal: Do not punish employee who blew the whistle on inhumane slaughtering conditions at Tyson Foods
Jim Schrier, a meat inspector from Columbus Junction, Iowa, was recently relocated for blowing the whistle on inhumane slaughtering conditions at the local Tyson Foods slaughter plant where he worked. Schrier, who saw pigs struggling violently while they were being chained, knew that the plant had not complied with federal laws that mandate that pigs must be made unconscious and unable to feel pain before they are chained and slaughtered. He reported the problem to his supervisors, and was punished instead of commended for his vigilance by being relocated to a plant 120 miles away from his home. As a result, he will have to live away from his family to continue employment.
Schrier had done nothing wrong in blowing the whistle about the slaughtering circumstances as it is his job as a USDA inspector to follow federal guidelines. The rules that he had been trying to enforce are in fact very important ones, as they were put into place to minimize cruelty to animals by giving them the least painful death possible.
By signing this petition you will help urge the USDA to give Schrier back his job in his local town and to cease any punishment imposed on whistleblowers for being honest and vigilant on their job.
Dear Mr. Vilsack,
I recently read an account that related the story of Jim Schrier, a USDA meat inspector who was recently punished with relocation for blowing the whistle on inhumane slaughtering conditions at the slaughter plant where he worked. Schrier had discovered that pigs were not stunned properly before shackling and slaughtering—a violation of federal law—and reported it to his supervisor. Consequently, he was relocated from his local Tyson Foods slaughter plant in Columbus Junction, Iowa, to a different plant over 120 miles away.
There is absolutely no justification in punishing Schrier as he was simply being honest and reinforcing a federal law. It intends to enforce animal rights and minimize cruelty by making sure animals feel no pain when they are slaughtered. The plant violating these rules is being inhumane and brutal, and it should listen to Schrier’s concerns and correct its misconduct instead of punishing him for standing up for the truth.
Please give Schrier his job back at his local slaughtering plant, show appreciation for his vigilance, and prevent anything like this from happening in the future.
[Your Name Here]
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