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.
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