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.

A lamb peers out to get a glimpse of what's to comeCredit: Compassion Over Killing

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.

This newborn lamb was left in a dirty trash canCredit: Compassion Over Killing

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.

Date labels changed by 15 daysCredit: Compassion Over Killing

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.

The pelts of lambs that become products like UGGs bootsCredit: Compassion Over Killing

“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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190 comments

Katelin U
Katelin U2 months ago

I'm selling my lamb at the Nevada county fair. JUST brought him up today with my sister's lamb. This is the slaughter house they go to. I feel sick about it! I cried actually. If anyone knows someone who could take them please please help

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Siyus C
Siyus Copetallus4 months ago

Thank you for sharing

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Marie W
Marie W5 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Melania P
Melania Padilla7 months ago

Consumer needs to be educated and most of all, CARE. Shared everywhere, thank you.

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Evelyn Ball
Evelyn Ball8 months ago

The consumer should really do some research into the products they buy and consume. I personally do not eat meat anymore. The abuse and suffering that animals endure at the hands of human garbage in slaughterhouses and factory farms just so people can eat something that isn't even good for you is pathetic. Same goes for all your make up, personal care products, cleaning products. There are plenty of better foods than dead animals and lots of products that are cruelty free.

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Fred C
Fred Campbell8 months ago

Nelson, Americans and Canadians are not the only meat eaters in this world. We do need to practice more humane methods.

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Nelson Petrie
Nelson Petrie8 months ago

So long as meat loving Americans and Canadians keep eating flesh, such cruelty will persist .For every mouthful of flesh that goes inside you, you are encouraging such slaughter house cruelty.

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Michael Ruo
Michael Ruo8 months ago

Cats and other animals are carnivores,which means they must eat flesh. Stiil, animals can be treated humanely from birth to slaughter.
Humans are omnivores. They do NOT have to eat meat. Humans can choose the better way.
-michael, vegetarian for 25 years.

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Raquel C

Evolution must come and change our way of living. We can´t keep doing this, There´s no excuse for this madness.

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Celine R
Celine Russo8 months ago

Basically we can expect cruelty in nearly every animal activity. When have humans started to think they were superior enough to other species to treat them like this?

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