Humane Society Happy with Charges20 August 2012
US - The Humane Society of the US has praised the US Department of Agriculture and the Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida, for investigating and bringing criminal charges against the owners of South Florida-based pork company, Finca El Novillo, for alleged violations of the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act and the Federal Meat Inspection Act.
According to a US Attorney’s Office press release, the indictment follows an investigation by the USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service which found that the company was slaughtering pigs without first rendering them insensible to pain.
“We applaud the Department of Agriculture and the Attorney’s Office for enforcing the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act and cracking down on these slaughterhouse abuses,” stated Paul Shapiro, vice president of farm animal protection for The HSUS.
“No animal should be slaughtered while fully conscious, and the pork industry needs to start taking animal welfare a lot more seriously—both in slaughter plants and on factory farms.”