Institutionalized Animal Cruelty – S: Britt’s Slaughterhouse – 20120301
The following inspection report obtained by Friends of Animals United (FAUN) through a FOIA request shows why there can never be any truly humane slaughter or meat.
On 1 March 2012, Britt’s Slaughterhouse, 2782 Drum Rd, Middleport, NY 14105 was inspected by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The report stated:
Citation: HATS Category 3: Water and Feed Availability. At aproximately 0715 hours, while conducting Ante Mortem inspection on the one Hog present, the following Humane Handling non-compliance was observed with District Medical Veterinary Specialist, Dr.____, and Supervisory Public Health Veterinarian, Dr.____. Although the establishment provided water for the Hog, which was located in the south pen, the container was insufficient because the Hog was able to easily push it under the bottom rung of the pen and out of reach. Owner, Mr. Britt was immediately notified of this non-compliance and took corrective actions by sliding the container back into the pen. It was also observed that there was no cover on the drain in the middle pen, and Hogs that were being driven into the pen were stepping into the drain.
313.1(b) Floors of livestock pens, ramps, and driveways shall be constructed and maintained so as to provide good footing for livestock. Slip resistant or waffled floor surfaces, cleated ramps and the use of sand, as appropriate, during winter months are examples of acceptable construction and maintenance.
313.2(e) Animals shall have access to water in all holding pens and, if held longer than 24 hours, access to feed. There shall be sufficient room in the holding pen for animals held overnight to lie down.
See: Friends Of Animals United (FAUN) http://www.faunnj.org/sla-ny-m4530-20120301.html
While these instances may not seem that severe on the surface, we believe they are indicative of the total lack of empathy for the animals by the meat industry, and is the reason why every caring person should stop eating meat and become vegan.