9,000 Animals Rescued From Sickening Conditions in Illegal Slaughterhouse

One of the most horrific animal abuse cases of all time was uncovered by Animal Recovery Mission (ARM), where more than 9,000 animals have been found at an illegal slaughterhouse in Florida.

ARM were tipped off about the inhumane practicesbeing undertaken at a legally registered farm enterprise called Coco Farms. Led by the experienced founder of the group Richard Couto, an undercover team infiltrated the farm to gain footage of the cruel and illegal activities that were taking place.

The Operation

ARM led a five month operation, where they discovered thousands of animals starving to death, deprived of water, and eventually being slaughtered in the most sadistic and painful ways imaginable.

The 200 acre farm has a licence to sell live animals, a factor which allowed their illegal activities to go undetected for so long. Customers would enter the farm, pick out their animal and have it illegally slaughtered on site.

Couto explained to The Dodo, we went in as customers and basically befriended them. We slowly create relationships with them until they would do their regular activities on the property in front of us, until they felt comfortable enough to start killing animals.

The bust was conducted by the Miami-Dade Police and the States Attorney’s Office, along with the aid of volunteers of Animal Recovery Mission, and within the first 24 hours more than 3,000 cows, pigs, goats and dogs had been rescued and taken to safety. A further 3,000 have since been rescued, but unfortunately many animals were in such poor condition that they had to be euthanized, and the land was scattered with dead and decaying bodies.

Couto was shocked by the scenes he witnessed at the farm, saying that they were boiling animals alive. They were drowning animals in boiling water. They were skinning animals alive and I’m talking about completely skinning animals while they were alive. They hung goats upside down, stabbed them in the throats, and then twisted their heads completely off while they were still alive. I’ve never seen anything like the ongoings at this property.

The Disturbing World of Illegal Slaughterhouses

The horrific scenes witnessed at this disturbing Florida location are estimated to have been going on for the past 45 years, with up to 300 animals being killed everyday, something which was only made possible and profitable by the demand for their illegal meat.

Far from being a small scale operation, Couto explains that we are finding out now that they were huge advertisers in Asian papers locally. They probably did 40 to 50 percent of their business with Asian restaurants in the area, selling meat to them illegally. They slipped through the system because it was legal for them to have animals on site.

Sadly this is not an isolated incident, as he continued to explain that we have a hundred farms that we’re just waiting for the manpower to stop right now. There are probably over 500 of these farms in the state of Florida. There are certainly small farms like this found throughout the country, but in Florida, it is a full blown industry. It is millions and millions of dollars. This is organized crime.

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380 comments

Keiko Barrett
KadieKat Babout a year ago

Edited. It should read:
...I don't think public executions of "Asian customers" should be exercised.

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Keiko Barrett
KadieKat Babout a year ago

The comment below was not submitted by me. I was just clicking on the comment messaged to me. The act IS atrocious and should be punished, but I don't think public executions of "Asian customer" should not be exercised.

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Keiko Barrett
KadieKat Babout a year ago

45 years for the "authorities" to do something about this? They are all culpable in these atrocities. Anybody involved in this conspiracy should be sentenced to public execution, including the "Asian customers"

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Mark Donner
Mark Donnerabout a year ago

45 years for the "authorities" to do something about this? They are all culpable in these atrocities. Anybody involved in this conspiracy should be sentenced to public execution, including the "Asian customers"

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Lisa Zarafonetis
Lisa Zarafonetis1 years ago

How sad! Glad they were saved from such a life of horror !!!

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus1 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Eileen Rogers
Eileen Rogers2 years ago

It would appear that Satan is still alive and well.

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven2 years ago

thanks for the useful article.

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Diana Dragolea
Diana Dragolea2 years ago

FLORIDA?!! CIVILIZED?! These are monsters who should receive the DEATH PENALTY on the spot. Where are the American laws? What are the authorities doing?! Why don't they help the associations like ARM ? Could we write to some of their sites? I just don't understand how this has been allowed for the cruelest people in the world - ASIANS - for such a long time in the USA! ABSOLUTELY HORRIFYING! What can I do to help?

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Marcia Geiger
Marcia Geiger2 years ago

Put them in the dark prisons and permanently shut down their customers.
Also, follow the customers so that they do not reopen somewhere else.
Thanks to the heros of this story.

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