WATERLOO – An animal rights group is asking a meatpacking factory in Waterloo to install live-streaming cameras at its facility following a recent incident in which pigs were injured and killed.
PETA also asked the plant manager to report the workers involved in the incidents to local law enforcement and transfer them to positions that do not involve contact with live animals.
Inspectors from the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service have issued a suspension notice to Tyson Fresh Meats on North Elk Run Road in connection with “egregious inhumane handling” on September 12.
The suspension was lifted the following day after Tyson submitted a compliance plan to the USDA.
Tyson officials did not comment on the request for a video camera but said they are working with the USDA.
“We are committed to the welfare of the animals entrusted to us. Each of our live animal facilities has a dedicated animal welfare specialist who is specifically trained in proper animal welfare practices and animal handling,” the company statement said.
In the incident, near the carbon dioxide stunning area, an inspector noticed a dead pig on a transport gondola with its snout caught in the gondola mechanism, according to the report. Another pig had its hind leg pinched in a gap between the nacelle and the ground and broken. A worker stunned the injured pig and another in the nacelle with a bolt gun. According to USDA reports, the inspector observed another dead pig with a similar broken leg outside the loading area.
PETA officials noted the incident came more than a year after an April 2021 incident in which an inspector observed workers twice having to use captive bolt guns to stun a sick pig after the first stun was ineffective.
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