Shut Down Cruel Pig Slaughterhouse

Target: U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack

Goal: Shut down high-speed slaughterhouse revealed to be torturing pigs in undercover video footage.

An investigation into a slaughterhouse in Minnesota revealed horrific abuse of pigs. The undercover video shot by a Compassion Over Killing investigator at the Quality Pork Processors (QPP) Austin high-speed slaughterhouse showed employees beating pigs with paddles and electrical prods, improperly stunning them and even hanging them upside-down by a hook taking them up the slaughter line while fully conscious.

Not only is the facility treating the pigs it slaughters cruelly and inhumanely, the investigation revealed conditions that would make anyone think twice about consuming processed meat. Pigs were shown being sent down the slaughter line to be “processed” covered in feces or pus-filled abscesses.

The ForceChange community recently called on processed meats supplier Hormel to stop purchasing from this inhumane facility, as it is one of QPP’s major clients, and this move might encourage others to do the same. While QPP assured customers its pigs were treated “appropriately,” since the video became public the facility has claimed it will try to clean up its act. But how do we know that QPP won’t simply go back to torturing its pigs as soon as it is out of the spotlight?

As long as this facility is still in operation, pigs will continue to suffer horrific abuse. Sign this petition urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to shut down this cruel slaughterhouse for good.


Dear Mr. Vilsack,

The Quality Pork Processors (QPP) high-speed slaughterhouse in Austin, Minnesota recently came under fire following reports of horrific abuse on pigs. Videos showed pigs being beaten, improperly stunned, dragged across the floor with hooks, and sometimes even hung upside-down and sent fully conscious to be processed.

Shots also revealed pigs with pus-filled abscesses or covered in feces being sent down the slaughter line. Aside from being guilty of animal cruelty, this facility also severely threatens consumer health and safety.

QPP has since claimed it will try to clean up its act, but who’s to say that once out of the public eye, the facility won’t go back to its unsafe and inhumane ways? The only way to ensure pigs are never again tortured at this facility and no consumers become ill from meat coming out of its unsanitary processing line is to close it down for good. I urge you to take action and ensure this horrific facility be shut down.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Compassion Over Killing

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  1. Our world absolutely needs to change the way we view pigs…
    If this prejudiced cruelty was being done to dogs and cats in America, nobody would stand for it…Once you begin to know pigs for the animals they truly are, you start to see them as individual and emotional and intelligent as dogs — they are so much like dogs in almost every way! And so a nightmare video like this is akin to a war scene, with innocent children being tortured, killed — and completely disrespected… No living being in the world deserves to be treated this way… I have been vegetarian for a long time, and I often wonder why people can’t connect the ham or bacon or pork they eat, to the living pigs who die for it? What if people in China were to tell you that dog-meat tasted just like ham or bacon — would that make you tolerate killing dogs for it? And what is the point of
    America having a Humane Slaughter Law, if nobody is en-
    forcing it? This place should have been shut down at
    once — but you know, if nobody can enforce the Humane
    Slaughter Law, then we as a society need to stop buying
    from companies like this… If we stop supporting this,
    they cannot continue to profit from this massive ongoing
    cruelty… It’s a crucial choice that everyone needs to
    make, because this selective killing is just wrong…
    Please stop supporting meat companies like this, and
    then fewer animals will be killed, and your health will benefit from it, too… The voices of squealing pigs
    are heart-wrenching, and sometimes human-like… I pray
    one day more of our world will come to understand who
    pigs truly are….


  3. shut this cruel place down now. fire those animal abusers now.

  4. Paula Frost says:

    And we call ourselves civilized??

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