Institutionalized Animal Cruelty – S: Tri-Town Packing – 20110518
This is the 5th time we’ve seen Tri-Town Packing repeatedly cited for violations of the humane treatment of animals; it is proof to us of the failure of the entire government animal welfare system, and the fallacy of people believing that there can ever be humane slaughter or humane meat.
On 18 May 2011, Tri-Town Packing slaughterhouse in Brasher Falls, New York was inspected by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), and cited for repeated failure to properly stun animals before slaughter. The report stated:
Citation: Category IX – Consciousness on the Rail At approximately 11:05 AM Inspector was on the kill floor during slaughter. She observed a Holstein animal being stunned, shackled and hoisted. After the animal was stuck to bleed she noticed that the animal’s sides were heaving (expanding and contracting) as if it was attempting to breathe and the upper and lower lips were quivering. The establishment employee took immediate corrective action and made multiple attempts to restun the animal. At this point I arrived on the kill floor. Inspector touched the cornea several times and the animal blinked while the lips continued to quiver. Mr.____ then shot the steer with a rifle which resulted in the animal becoming completely unconscious. This is a noncompliance with 9 CFR 313.15(a)(3) which states “immediately after the stunning blow is delivered the animals shall be in a state of complete unconsciousness and remain in this condition throughout shackling, sticking, and bleeding.” A regulatory control action was taken in which USDA tag #B39600681 was applied to the kill chute as per 9 CFR 313.50(c). The tag will remain in place pending appropriate corrective actions.
See: Friends Of Animals United (FAUN) http://www.faunnj.org/sla-ny-m4499-20110518.html
If the inspector was not watching, would Tri-Town Packing have tried several times to restun the cow? We will never know, but these kinds of incidents clearly show that there is no such thing as humane meat or other animal products.
The only way to stop the torture and suffering of animals is to go vegan and tell the world around us about the horrors of all forms of animal exploitation, and encourage them to do the same.