Our First Look Inside a Lamb Slaughterhouse is a Nightmare
Thanks to the work of undercover investigators we’ve seen what happens behind closed doors of slaughterhouses that raise and kill cows, pigs and chickens. Now we’re getting a first-ever look inside of a lamb slaughterhouse, and it’s every bit as horrifying as you would expect.
The shocking undercover footage, which was just released by Compassion Over Killing (COK), has brought to light the heartbreaking treatment of lambs at a plant in Dixon, Calif., owned by Superior Farms, which is the largest lamb producer in the U.S.
Sadly, the usual cruel treatment of animals was exposed, including lambs being violently handled, needlessly shocked by workers, bitten by a herding dog, and left like literal trash.
Unfortunately, the trouble for them didn’t end there. The filmmakers observed multiple violations of Humane Methods of Slaughter Act, the law that protects animals from suffering during slaughter. They also observed violations of slaughter methods required for Halal meat.
Warning: This video contains graphic footage.
Even after these lambs were killed, there were still more problems found down the line that put consumers at risk. The company was found violating its own policy for detecting metal in meat products by not examining all products. Also, workers were seen on multiple occasions changing “Best By” dates on meat labels.
Unfortunately, it’s not just the demand for meat that’s perpetuating this cruelty. Lamb parts from this company are also sold to others to make products including UGG boots and dog treats. According to COK, even though there’s been a decline in lamb consumption over the past few decades, there are still approximately two million of them slaughtered every year across the U.S.
COK has since turned its evidence over to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which can shut this plant down, and is calling on major retailers, including Walmart and Kroger, to stop buying products from Superior Farms, which are sold under brand names including Superior Farms, Farmer’s Mark, Cascade Creek, and Sabor a Rancho. More importantly, COK is urging people to help end the suffering found in all slaughterhouses now by choosing from a wide array of available alternatives to animal products.
“Time and again, Compassion Over Killing’s investigations have shed light on egregious abuse kept hidden behind the closed doors of factory farms, showing that cruelty is standard practice in the meat industry,” said Erica Meier, Executive Director of COK. “As we captured on camera inside Superior Farms, consumers can now see what these gentle lambs are forced to endure in their final days. The best way we can help lambs and all animals is to leave them off our plates.”
For more on this investigation and ways to help, visit Compassion Over Killing/Superior Farms.
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