Target: Ric Bradshaw, Palm Beach County Sheriff
Goal: Applaud the seizure of 1,000 animals from three illegal slaughterhouse operations.
Three illegal slaughterhouses have been raided in Loxahatchee, Florida as part of what the media is calling the largest animal cruelty bust of its kind in U.S. history. Authorities in Palm Beach County in cooperation with animal rights group Animal Recovery Mission removed around 1,000 animals from the facilities that were allegedly connected to the illegal slaughter of animals and the black-market sale of horse meat for human consumption. One of the facilities’ owners, Jorge Garcia, is also accused of selling animals for sacrificial purposes.
Undercover video taken during the investigation allegedly shows pigs, goats, and other animals being dragged about by their tails or limbs on the way to slaughter. Animal Recovery Mission investigators say that pigs at the farm were violently stabbed in the heart and skinned alive, while fowl including ducks and chickens were beaten and stomped to death. Other animals, such as goats and rams, were allegedly hoisted up by their hind legs and had their throats slit while still alive. A puppy mill was also found on the property.
This information was enough to prompt the recent police raid, which resulted in the arrest of at least 10 slaughterhouse employees as well as the owners and operators of the facilities. Many charges were laid against the three, including the illegal possession and sale of horse meat, causing cruel death to conservation animals, as well as the torment, deprivation, mutilation or killing of conservation animals.
The severity of this animal cruelty is incredibly shocking, and to see it stopped is a huge victory for the animal rights movement. Sign the petition below to praise the officials responsible for the bust and ask that they seek the harshest possible punishments for everyone involved.
Dear Sheriff Ric Bradshaw,
Palm Beach County Police, in cooperation with Animal Recovery Mission, recently executed the largest extreme animal cruelty bust in the history of the U.S. Around 1,000 pigs, chickens, ducks, goats, horses, and dogs were taken from an interconnected group of three farms. The animals allegedly suffered abuse, neglect, torture, and death at the hands of the three owners and operators as well as the 10 employees arrested.
The scale and severity of this cruelty is absolutely shocking, and the recent bust is a victory for animal rights activists. We, the undersigned, applaud your work and ask that you seek to punish those involved to the fullest extent of the law.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Laura Behning