Target: Jeffrey M. Ettinger, CEO of Hormel
Goal: Demand that Hormel stop giving its business to an inhumane slaughterhouse.
The Quality Pork Processors (QPP) plant is under fire after video footage was released showing its inhumane treatment of pigs. Pigs are allegedly being tortured and beaten by plant workers before they are even sent to slaughter. Urge Hormel, one of the largest suppliers of processed meats, to stop purchasing from this cruel slaughterhouse.
Recent behind the scenes footage of the QPP plant in Austin, Minnesota has revealed some disturbing behavior by the employees. In one scene, an employee drags a pig across the floor with a metal hook. Another cuts a pig’s throat without proper anesthesia and beats it prior to slaughter. A pig appears to be alive and squirms as it is hung upside down from a hook and carried to the production line. In addition, the pigs are covered in feces and pus-filled sores calling to question the safety of the meat. QPP is a high-speed slaughterhouse. This means that the plant is required to turn out a large amount of meat in a short time. Apparently, this leaves no time for humane treatment or quality control.
Hormel is one of the leading suppliers of processed meats. If Hormel were to stop purchasing its products from the QPP plant then that would set an example for other companies. Join us in urging Hormel to terminate its business with QPP and support the ethical treatment of animals by signing the petition below.
Dear Mr. Ettinger,
At a slaughterhouse in Minnesota, pigs are abused and tortured prior to slaughter. They are reportedly beaten, dragged, and killed without the use of anesthesia. We urge you to consider terminating your contract with the QPP Austin plant and supporting ethical treatment of animals.
Recent film footage from the slaughterhouse reveals the horrific acts of the employees as they prepare the pigs for slaughter. When a pig is unable to walk, it is shown being pierced with a metal hook and dragged across the floor. Other pigs are seen being beaten and sent to production alive. These employees appear to have no problem putting the pigs through unnecessary pain and suffering prior to their death. In addition, the conditions are unsanitary. The pigs are covered in feces and pus-filled abscesses, which questions the safety of the resulting meat.
We urge you to reconsider your relationship with the QP Austin plant. Terminating your contract would send a message that this kind of horrific animal abuse will not be tolerated.
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Photo Credit: Compassion Over Killing