Orange City, Iowa – An animal rights group wants the Sioux County prosecutor’s office to bring charges against a pig factory in the Sioux Center, which they say has treated the pigs inhumanly.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, claims to have obtained reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture revealing recent violations of the law at the Sioux-Preme Packing Co. (a division of Perdue) outside the Sioux Center. In response, the group sent a letter asking Sioux County Prosecutor Thomas Kunstle to review the matter and, as appropriate, to bring criminal charges of animal cruelty against the facility and the workers responsible.
According to information from PETA, on April 8, an inspector found that an improperly stunned pig was hoisted upside down and was trying to straighten up. PETA claims that the pig could have been submerged alive and conscious in scorching water if the federal inspector had not intervened and asked an employee to stun the animal. The worker then shot the pig with a stud gun in an incorrect area of the head, and the injured animal remained conscious until a second shot was administered, according to information from PETA.
PETA says the slaughterhouse was also cited by an incident on November 5, 2020, in which two workers shot a slaughtered pig four times before the animal was knocked unconscious, and the report notes that the pig remained “excited” and tried to run away after being taken.
PETA’s senior vice president, Daphna Nachminovitch, said: “These disturbing reports show that pigs have had prolonged and agonizing deaths in the Sioux-Preme Packing. PETA is calling for a criminal investigation on behalf of the pigs that suffered at this facility. ”She continues to urge” … all compassionate members of the public who are disturbed by this cruelty to become vegan and help prevent more animals from suffering in the slaughterhouses. “
Perdue officials say the problems in both complaints have been resolved. Kunstle says his office has received the complaint and will look into the matter.