Slaughterhouse Staff Repeatedly Prod and Electroshock Cow; PETA Seeks Prison Probe


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January 18, 2024

Brittney Williams 202-483-7382

Jerome County, Idaho – PETA despatched a letter to Jerome County Prosecuting Legal professional Sam Beus in the present day asking him to analyze and file acceptable legal expenses towards the employees accountable for hanging and electroshocking a cow—and twice taking pictures a acutely aware steer within the head—on the True West Beef slaughterhouse close to Jerome.

A damning, just-released U.S. Division of Agriculture (USDA) report reveals that on August 8, 2023, a USDA inspector witnessed employees repeatedly jabbing a cow with rattle paddles—inflexible oars full of noisy beads—earlier than electroshocking the animal 5 instances with a prod as she cried out. The inspector stopped the workers, whose actions had been apparently captured on video by the slaughterhouse.

On July 19, 2023, an inspector witnessed a employee shoot a steer within the head with a captive-bolt gun however fail to stun the animal, who moved his head “a number of instances” back and forth earlier than the employee rendered him unconscious with a second shot. The inspector famous that the primary unsuccessful try had left a gap over the steer’s sinus cavity.

“At this hellhole for animals, employees tormented an already terrified cow and a steer spent his final moments in agony as he remained acutely aware after being shot within the head,” says PETA Vice President of Proof Evaluation Daniel Paden. “PETA is looking for a legal investigation on these animals’ behalf and urges everybody to assist stop others like them from struggling by going vegan.”

PETA is pursuing expenses beneath state legislation as a result of federal officers haven’t prosecuted any inspected slaughterhouses for acts of abuse since at the least 2007.

PETA—whose motto reads, partially, that “animals aren’t ours to eat”—factors out that Each Animal Is Somebody and affords free Empathy Kits for individuals who want a lesson in kindness. For extra info, please go to or comply with the group on X (previously Twitter), Fb, or Instagram.

PETA’s letter to Beus follows.

January 18, 2024

The Honorable Sam Beus

Jerome County Prosecuting Legal professional

Pricey Mr. Beus:

I’m writing to request that your workplace (and a law-enforcement company, as essential) examine and file relevant legal expenses towards the people accountable for repeatedly hanging and electroshocking a cow—and severely wounding one other—at True West Beef LLC, positioned at 6206 U.S. 93 close to Jerome. The U.S. Division of Agriculture’s Meals Security and Inspection Service (FSIS) documented the incidents in stories that the company just lately made obtainable to the general public. (See the connected desk.)

In response to these stories, on August 8 an FSIS inspector noticed two employees repeatedly prodding a cow within the torso and hindquarters with rattle paddles. One of many employees repeatedly electroshocked the animal on the hindquarters, inflicting her to cry out. A 3rd employee then electroshocked the cow three extra instances, inflicting her to name out repeatedly. The FSIS inspector intervened, halting the workers’ actions, which had been evidently captured on video by the slaughterhouse.

On July 19, an inspector noticed a employee shoot a steer within the head with a captive-bolt gun however fail to stun the animal. The animal “purposeful[ly]” moved his head—which had a gap over the sinus cavity—“a number of instances” earlier than the employee ended his ache with a second shot. For extra particulars on these incidents, please contact FSIS Workplace of Discipline Operations District Supervisor Dr. Robert Reeder at 303-236-9788 or [email protected].

This conduct doesn’t characterize the in any other case exempt “humane slaughter of any animal … raised as meals” and thus seems to violate Idaho Code § 25-3504, which prohibits cruelty to animals. Please be aware that the FSIS’ stories carry no legal or civil penalties and don’t preempt legal legal responsibility beneath state legislation for acts of cruelty to animals. Provided that the FSIS hasn’t initiated a legal prosecution of a licensed slaughterhouse for inhumane dealing with since at the least 2007, expenses beneath state legislation are these victims’ solely probability at a measure of justice.

Thanks on your time and consideration.


Daniel Paden

Vice President of Proof Evaluation