Recent footage taken from the inside of a Quality Pork Processors (QPP) plant in Minnesota has been released to the public.
The U.S Department Of Agriculture (USDA) was recently sent a video allegedly showing leaked footage from the inside of a pork plantation based in Minnesota. The footage is so unreal and disturbingly horrifying that the USDA is unsure if the footage is even real. The USDA claims that they will begin an investigation if the video does prove to be real.
A shortened, edited version of the the video was uploaded last weak by animal activist group, Compassion Over Killing, showing workers beating, dragging, torturing and slitting the throats of live pigs – without them being properly stunned or drugged first. Federal law requires that all livestock is to be properly stunned unconscious before killing.
The QPP slaughterhouse is currently part of a pilot project held by the USDA, known as HACCP-Based Inspection Models Project (HIMP), which allows plants to run at faster speeds with reduced government oversight.
The video can be seen below… But be warned, this is the type of video that can scar you mentally or even make you shed a tear.
The plant, as of now, is processing around 19,000 hogs a day! and according to the company’s site, the plant is currently one of the many exclusive suppliers to Hormel Foods, one of America’s leading producer’s of processed meat. Hormel brands include; Applegate Natural & Organic Meat and Farmer John Meats.
Hormel made a comment after the video was uploaded last Thursday – “We are extremely disappointed and concerned to see the recently released undercover video detailing instances of aggressive animal handling and employee insensitivity at one of our supplier facilities.”
Hormel has promised to improve the standards if its suppliers and began by telling QPP to provide better training to both its employers and employees.
“We will be in full compliance with Hormel’s recommendations,” ate Jansen, QPP’s vice president of human resources and quality services, told Reuters.
The Department Of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) stated that they want to “aggressively investigate the case and take appropriate action.” FSIS added that if it turns out that the video is in fact true then “The actions depicted in the video under review are completely unacceptable.”
Erica Meier, executive director of Compassion Over Killing, said to Reuters that it was all filmed by a contractor working with them who earlier applied for a job at the slaughterhouse. The recordings were taken secretly.
Going back to the USDA’s pilot program that I mentioned earlier, according to Meier “The fact that there aren’t USDA inspectors there prevents them from taking immediate action.”
Hormel’s website claims that the pigs in the video were actually stunned properly, stating that “No breathing, natural blinking or a righting reflex” would indicate that they are passed out.
And just because we are nice to you, here is another video from the inside of a different Hormel-exclusive slaughter house.
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