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From 20 February 2001 Issue:

CONVICT IBP SLAUGHTERHOUSE!

Attorney General Christine Gregoire
1125 Washington Street, SE
P.O. Box 40100
Olympia, Washington 98504-0100
ph: 360-753-6200
fax: 360-664-0228
email: emailago@atg.was.gov 

Dear Attorney General Gregoire,

Please prosecute workers at IBP -Wallula Slaughterhouse to the fullest extent permissible under Washington’s animal cruelty laws. Your precedent-setting enforcement of anti-cruelty statutes, within the meat industry, will send a message to Washington and the rest of the country that reckless mistreatment of animals is intolerable—and illegal.

Video footage obtained by the Humane Farming Association (HFA) attests to the excessive cruelty at IBP. Living creatures, even those destined to become food for humans, should not have to endure extreme abuse. IBP employees admit that stun operators routinely fail to render cattle unconscious and that workers frequently stick, dismember and skin kicking and screaming animals. HFA’s videotape documents a conscious cow with an electric prod shoved into her mouth.

In a “Petition for Enforcement of Humane Slaughter and Animal Cruelty Laws,” presented to your office last Spring, numerous affidavits describe cows who feel the “belly ripper” slice through their stomachs or the “tail ripper” slash open their rectums. Some cows are still alert when the “first legger” flays their hind legs and severs their feet. Still others are cognizant as the “first butter” skins them from breast to belly. “Their eyes look like they are popping out,” one worker contends, “I feel bad that I have to do my job on them.” Pigs who similarly survive the stunning process wind up in tanks of boiling water, squealing in agony until they drown.

A breakneck assembly-line renders IBP workers incapable of fully stunning each animal. Frustrated employees, afraid of losing jobs, savagely mishandle the animals to keep the production line flowing.

One can only imagine the undue terror and pain these animals undergo. Sentient beings with a central nervous system—such as cows, pigs or chickens—do not require human intellect to feel fear and pain. Moreover, unsanitary conditions within the IBP-Wallula Slaughterhouse result in meat products contaminated with pus, excrement, hair and dirt. The unsafe environment also leads to worker injuries.

In a signed affidavit, former USDA veterinarian Dr. Lester Friedlander claims that USDA regulations to ensure the humane handling and slaughtering of animals are pure fraud. “It’s only a big cover-up,” he says. “Because when we try to enforce the regulations at the lowest level, our supervisors in Washington start hiding. They don’t want to hear anything about it...”

Please do not be among those who look the other way. At the very least, implement the Humane Slaughter Law and convict IBP Slaughterhouse with maximum penalties for animal abuse. Violence is violence and all perpetrators deserve serious punishment. Thank-you for your compassion and enforcement of the law.

Sincerely,

Governor Gary Locke
Officer of the Governor
P.O. Box 40002
Olympia, WA 98504-0002
ph: 360-902-4111
fax: 360-753-4110
TTY/TDD: 360-753-6466
email: governor.locke@governor.wa.gov  

Dear Honorable Governor Locke,

Please prosecute workers at IBP -Wallula Slaughterhouse to the fullest extent permissible under Washington’s animal cruelty laws. Your precedent-setting enforcement of anti-cruelty statutes, within the meat industry, will send a message to Washington and the rest of the country that reckless mistreatment of animals is intolerable—and illegal.

Video footage obtained by the Humane Farming Association (HFA) attests to the excessive cruelty at IBP. Living creatures, even those destined to become food for humans, should not have to endure extreme abuse. IBP employees admit that stun operators routinely fail to render cattle unconscious and that workers frequently stick, dismember and skin kicking and screaming animals. HFA’s videotape documents a conscious cow with an electric prod shoved into her mouth.

In a “Petition for Enforcement of Humane Slaughter and Animal Cruelty Laws,” presented last Spring, numerous affidavits describe cows who feel the “belly ripper” slice through their stomachs or the “tail ripper” slash open their rectums. Some cows are still alert when the “first legger” flays their hind legs and severs their feet. Still others are cognizant as the “first butter” skins them from breast to belly. “Their eyes look like they are popping out,” one worker contends, “I feel bad that I have to do my job on them.” Pigs who similarly survive the stunning process wind up in tanks of boiling water, squealing in agony until they drown.

A breakneck assembly-line renders IBP workers incapable of fully stunning each animal. Frustrated employees, afraid of losing jobs, savagely mishandle the animals to keep the production line flowing.

One can only imagine the undue terror and pain these animals undergo. Sentient beings with a central nervous system—such as cows, pigs or chickens—do not require human intellect to feel fear and pain. Moreover, unsanitary conditions within the IBP-Wallula Slaughterhouse result in meat products contaminated with pus, excrement, hair and dirt. The unsafe environment also leads to worker injuries.

In a signed affidavit, former USDA veterinarian Dr. Lester Friedlander claims that USDA regulations to ensure the humane handling and slaughtering of animals are pure fraud. “It’s only a big cover-up,” he says. “Because when we try to enforce the regulations at the lowest level, our supervisors in Washington start hiding. They don’t want to hear anything about it...”

Please do not be among those who look the other way. At the very least, implement the Humane Slaughter Law and convict IBP Slaughterhouse with maximum penalties for animal abuse. Violence is violence and all perpetrators deserve serious punishment. Thank-you for your compassion and enforcement of the law.

Sincerely,

Source: Bshoss

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