Erin Janus| Recent undercover footage taken from the inside of a ‘Quality Pork Processors’ (QPP) plant in Minnesota has been released to the public. The plant currently slaughters 19,000 pigs per day, (over 1000 pigs per hour), and according to the company’s site, 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, ‘Natural Choice’ Meats, and Farmer John Meats as well as many others.
A shortened version of the the video was uploaded last week by animal activist group Compassion Over Killing, showing workers beating, dragging, torturing and slitting the throats of live, conscious pigs– without any proper stunning. Federal law, however, requires that all livestock is to be properly stunned unconscious before killing.
The QPP slaughterhouse is currently part of a pilot program held by the USDA, known as HACCP-Based Inspection Models Project (HIMP), which allows plants to run at faster speeds with reduced government oversight— and essentially, run self-regulated.
The video can be seen below… and although it is gruesome, it is only responsible for us to face where ‘bacon’, ‘pork’, and ‘hot dogs’ are coming from:
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.”
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 “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. According to Meier “The fact that there aren’t USDA inspectors there prevents them from taking immediate action.”
However, this isn’t the first time suppliers to Hormel foods has been caught animal abuse, as exposed in this undercover video. And while videos like these are hard to watch, what’s worse is ignoring it and allowing this to continue. People need to know where their ‘food’ comes from and what is going on inside USDA-approved slaughterhouses. Please, don’t be afraid to share the truth.
My name is Erin Janus. I’m a passionate vegan, animal rights activist, video journalist and aspiring musician. Thanks for informing yourself, and please share this article or video with family, friends and on social media. You can connect with me on facebook, youtube, instagram, twitter and join my mailing list here.