Target: Mississippi State Superintendent of Education Dr. Carey Wright
Goal: Demand that schools end their partnerships with cruel slaughterhouses by pledging to boycott meat that has not been humanely sourced
Last year, undercover video footage revealed the barbaric conditions of a slaughterhouse in Mississippi. Employees at Southern Quality Meats, Inc. (SQM) were recorded beating mother pigs on the face and head with chains and jabbing pigs with electric prongs for up to 30 minutes at a time prior to hanging them upside down by one leg and slitting their throats. Thankfully, after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) found that the slaughterhouse was breaking federal law, this sordid slaughterhouse has now been scheduled to close in June.
However, prior to the federal investigation, the slaughterhouse was supplying its inhumanely-sourced meat products to Mississippi schools and had contracts totaling approximately $6 million in taxpayer funds. Now that SQM has been forced to close its doors, the Mississippi Department of Education must be prevented from doing business with other cruel slaughterhouses. We cannot allow the department to continue using taxpayer dollars to fund any slaughterhouse that is believed to have violated federal law by ineffectively stunning pigs during their final, and terrifying, moments.
By signing this petition, you will be urging school officials to pledge to refrain from contracting with any slaughterhouse that has failed to comply with the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act or otherwise violated animal-protection laws. We cannot allow taxpayer dollars to continue to fund the horrific abuse of such gentle, intelligent creatures.
Dear Dr. Wright,
I am writing to urge the Mississippi Department of Education to pledge that it will never do business with slaughterhouses that are known to have broken the federal Humane Methods of Slaughter Act or other animal protection laws.
As you may know, Southern Quality Meats, Inc., the Pontotoc-based pig slaughterhouse to which your department previously funneled nearly $6 million in taxpayer funds for the purpose of supplying sausage to schools, is scheduled to close this summer after it was revealed that the company violated federal law with its cruel torture and slaughter of pigs. Undercover video footage revealed that workers employed incorrect stunning techniques and failed to effectively render the pigs unconscious, meaning they were fully alert while their throats were slit.
Now that this cruel, lawbreaking slaughterhouse is closing, please give Mississippi schools a fresh start by pledging to boycott meat from any slaughterhouse that does not comply with animal welfare standards.
[Your Name Here]
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