Rome’s Gold Medal Packing Incident Prompts PETA To Call for Investigation
PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is calling for the Oneida County District Attorney to criminally investigate a recent incident at a slaughter house in Rome.
The call follows a report from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), where a slaughter pig was shot in the head several times before it was finally deemed unconscious, on March 31, 2021.
The nature of the incident and alleged violation of law is outlined in the letter to McNamara, signed by Colin Henstock, PETA's Assistant Manager of Investigations.
Dear Mr. McNamara,I hope this letter finds you well. I would like to request that your office (and the proper local law enforcementagency, as you deem appropriate) investigate and file suitable criminal charges against Gold Medal Packing, Inc., and the worker(s) responsible for repeatedly shooting a pig in the head over the course of more than a minute on March 31 at its slaughterhouse located at 8269 Old River Rd. outside Rome. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) documented the incident in the attached report, which states the following:“Establishment personnel were attempting to stun a large swine with a firearm. The animal was standing in the blood chute area, unrestrained. A plant employee took two rapid shots, to the head of the animal, with the .38 caliber pistol. After a slight pause (approximately five seconds) a third shot was taken. When [FSIS Inspection Program Personnel] observed the pig after another minute passed, [the pig] was standing fully alert approximately 12 yards distant from its original location on the kill floor. Establishment personnel proceeded to take two more shots, with a 9 mm caliber handgun, rendering [the pig] insensible.”1This conduct appears to violate New York Agriculture & Markets Law § 353. Importantly, FSIS action does not preempt criminal liability under state law for slaughterhouse workers who perpetrate acts of cruelty to animals.2Please let us know what we might do to assist you. Thank you for your consideration and for the difficult work that you do.Sincerely,Colin HenstockAssistant Manager of Investigations
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