Animal Equality Exposes Cruelty at Mexican Slaughterhouses
A Meat and Dairy Industries Article from All-Creatures.org

FROM

AnimalEquality.net
November 2016

The animal welfare laws that protect dogs and cats donít include animals in farms and slaughterhouses. If someone did to a dog or a cat what factory farms do to pigs, cows, sheep, chickens, hens or goats, they would be imprisoned.

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An extensive undercover investigation by Animal Equality inside 21 slaughterhouses in seven different states in Mexico reveals extreme cruelty against animals.

In order to protect farmed animals from the abuse they are currently subjected to, we need legislation that protect them from suffering.

pig slaughterhouse

Our investigations team documented the horrible practices that are commonly used in slaughterhouses across Mexico, including in government-owned slaughterhouses in the states of Jalisco, Nuevo Leůn, Aguascalientes, San Luis PotosŪ, Colima, Zacatecas, and Nayarit.

The images they captured show how these facilities constantly violate the Federal Animal Health Law without any legal repercussions.

Our investigators documented:

  • 100% of the pigs are fully conscious while they are being stabbed. In most of the slaughterhouses, pigs are stabbed more than twice. As a result, pigs bleed to death on the ground.
  • Workers violently forcing pigs to move by beating and electrocuting them.
  • Workers killing more than three pigs at a time. Some pigs step on others trying to escape the killing pen while workers are killing the other pigs.
  • None of the documented slaughterhouses used stunning methods for sheep and goats. These animals were violently slaughtered, with their legs tied up, dragged from one of their limbs across the floor, and beheaded.
  • Pigs being beaten with axes.
  • Cows being forced to move with electric prods, causing them excruciating pain and suffering.
  • Cows attempting to stand up while bleeding after waking up from stunning.
  • Underage children inside the slaughterhouses witnessing how animals are killed.
  • A worker violently tying a lamb, slitting his throat and ripping off his head while the animal is fully conscious.

pig slaughterhouse

This is what animals raised for human consumption face in Mexico every day.

The animal welfare laws that protect dogs and cats donít include animals in farms and slaughterhouses. If someone did to a dog or a cat what factory farms do to pigs, cows, sheep, chickens, hens or goats, they would be imprisoned.

Unfortunately, there arenít any laws that protect farmed animals from abuse. Although there are some regulations in Mexico, the law is not enforced and workers donít face any legal consequences for torturing animals.

pig slaughterhouse

Currently, the Mexican Federal Criminal Code doesnít include penalties for those who abuse or are cruel to animals, and the Federal Animal Health Law only applies for violations, comparable to a parking ticket, for slaughterhouses that donít comply with the regulations. However, these laws donít punish the person who commits acts of cruelty.


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