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Cows Repeatedly Shot within the Head; PETA Seeks Federal Probe

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January 12, 2022

David Perle 202-483-7382

Burley, Idaho – PETA has obtained a current U.S. Division of Agriculture report revealing a violation of federal legislation at IDA-Beef, outdoors Burley, wherein an motionless, or “downed,” cow remained acutely aware, bleeding, and staggering as a employee shot the animal thrice earlier than a fourth shot by one other employee lastly rendered the animal unconscious. In response, PETA despatched a letter this morning calling on the U.S. Legal professional for the District of Idaho Rafael Gonzalez Jr. to overview the slaughterhouse’s historical past of violations of the Humane Strategies of Livestock Slaughter Act and, as acceptable, file legal costs towards the power and the employees accountable.

Within the letter, PETA notes that this newest violation echoes two comparable violations in 2019—one wherein staff repeatedly shot two downed cows within the head and one other wherein a downed cow who had been shot within the head tried to crawl away earlier than being shot a second time.

“This newest disturbing eyewitness report exhibits that cows hold enduring extended, agonizing deaths at IDA-Beef,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “PETA is looking for a federal investigation on these animals’ behalf and is urging everybody to assist forestall extra animals from struggling in slaughterhouses by going vegan.”

PETA—whose motto reads, partially, that “animals aren’t ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. The group notes that cows, sheep, pigs, chickens, and different animals really feel ache and concern and worth their lives, simply as people do.

For extra data on PETA’s investigative newsgathering and reporting, go to or observe the group on Twitter, Fb, or Instagram.

PETA’s letter to Gonzalez follows.

January 12, 2022

The Honorable Rafael M. Gonzalez Jr.

United States Legal professional

District of Idaho

Expensive Mr. Gonzalez:

I hope this letter finds you effectively. I wish to request that your workplace examine and file acceptable legal costs towards IDA-Beef LLC and its staff chargeable for repeated violations of the Humane Strategies of Slaughter Act, which requires that animals be “rendered insensible to ache by a single blow … or different means that’s speedy and efficient, earlier than being shackled, hoisted … or minimize.”1 On the firm’s slaughterhouse, situated at 729 S. 600 W. outdoors Burley, its workers repeatedly shot 4 motionless, acutely aware cows within the head—leaving them bleeding, staggering, and attempting to crawl away—as documented within the enclosed experiences by the U.S. Division of Agriculture’s Meals Security and Inspection Service (FSIS).

In line with the experiences, federal officers documented the next:

  • December 20, 2021: “[W]hile watching an institution yards worker stun a non-ambulatory disabled Holstein cow, FSIS IPP [inspection program personnel] noticed the next noncompliance. The worker positioned the hand held captive bolt machine towards the cow’s head and fired the hand-held captive bolt machine. The stun was ineffective, and the cow proceeded to blink a number of occasions and transfer [her] head in a managed motion away from the worker. The worker instantly grabbed the backup handheld captive bolt machine and utilized a second ineffective stun. I noticed bleeding from the opening within the cow’s head and I noticed the cow fully rise to [her] toes, stagger for about 10 seconds, after which fall down. The worker reloaded the hand held captive bolt machine and utilized a 3rd ineffective stun try, the place the cow continued to blink and tried to rise once more. The worker reloaded the hand held captive bolt machine once more and roughly one minute after the third stun try, a second yards worker ran over and utilized the fourth stun try, which was profitable in rendering the cow unconscious.”2
  • Could 29, 2019: “[T]he stun operator and the standard assurance monitor have been contained in the pen with the non-ambulatory dairy cow. The CSI [consumer safety inspector] noticed the stun operator holding the first hand-held captive bolt (HHCB) machine and the standard assurance monitor holding a back-up HHCB machine. The stun operator utilized the primary stun try and the non-ambulatory dairy cow. The CSI noticed the rod of the first HHCB contact the cow’s cranium. The CSI noticed a darkish grey spot with hair protruding on the cow’s cranium. … Following the primary gorgeous try, the cow remained acutely aware with eyes huge open and blinking; ears erect and began to crawl away. The cow didn’t vocalize. The CSI noticed the stun operator reload the first HHCB by unscrewing the gun, eradicating the shell and the standard assurance monitor positioned a brand new shell within the gun, then the stun operator screwed the HHCB machine again collectively. The stun operator utilized a second stun try, which rendered the cow unconscious.”3
  • January 10, 2019: “[T]he CSI … noticed two non-ambulatory cattle within the nook of the pen. The black cow was going through the other place of the brown cow, laying finish to finish with one another. … [Redacted] returned to the pens with a captive bolt stunner to euthanize the black cow. The primary try at gorgeous the cow sounded muffled and weak. Right now [redacted] checked the consciousness of the cow and decided [she] wanted a second [shot]. [Redacted] left the pen space and went inside to retrieve totally different cartridges. … Right now, it was obvious the black cow was nonetheless acutely aware. [The CSI] noticed [the cow’s] head was raised straight up; there was steam coming from the black cow’s nostrils; and rhythmic respiration may very well be noticed. Upon returning, [redacted] delivered a second [shot]. The top of the cow lastly dropped. After a number of moments, the top of the black cow began to boost straight again up once more. [Redacted] delivered a 3rd [shot] to the black cow. … [Redacted] made the choice to euthanize the brown cow [who] was nonetheless pinned up towards the rail of the pen by the now deceased black cow. … [The CSI] noticed a plant worker ship a captive bol[t] [shot] to the brown cow. … [A]pproximately 5 minutes later … the brown cow raised [her] head off the carcass of the black cow, straight up above it. … [The CSI] instantly notified [redacted] that the brown cow gave the impression to be exhibiting indicators of returning to consciousness. … A path of blood was streaming down the brown cow’s face. Because the plant worker moved into the pen with the captive bol[t] stunner, the brown cow raised [her] head as soon as extra straight up. … A second [shot] was delivered to the brown cow and [her] head fell and rested on the black cow as soon as extra.”4

The Federal Meat Inspection Act classifies such offenses as misdemeanors and gives penalties of imprisonment of as much as one yr and/or a fantastic of as much as $1,000.5 The truth that inhumane dealing with persists on the institution makes it clear that FSIS enforcement actions alone are inadequate to discourage future violations and that legal prosecution is in the most effective pursuits of each the animals who’re killed there and the general public. Provided that the FSIS “totally helps the investigation of all these concerned in alleged violations of the Humane Strategies of Slaughter Act” and that “[i]nvestigators from [its] enforcement division and from USDA’s Inspector Basic … stand able to work”6 with workplaces similar to yours, we respectfully ask that you just collaborate with the FSIS Workplace of Investigation, Enforcement and Audit’s Enforcement and Litigation Division to research and convey acceptable legal costs towards these chargeable for these violations.

Please tell us what we would do to help you. Thanks in your consideration and for the tough work that you just do.


Colin Henstock

Assistant Supervisor of Investigations


1U.S. Congress. Humane Strategies of Slaughter Act, 7 U.S.C. § 1902(a), (1958) material/pkg/USCODE-2011-title7/pdf/USCODE-2011-title7-chap48-sec1902.pdf. Final accessed January 11, 2022.

2FSIS District 15 Supervisor Dr. Robert Reeder, Discover of Meant Enforcement, IDA-Beef LLC (December 21, 2021) Final accessed January 11, 2022.

3FSIS District 15 Appearing Supervisor Daybreak Sprouls, D.V.M., Discover of Suspension, Est. M45948, IDA-Beef LLC (Could 29, 2019).

4FSIS District 15 Appearing Supervisor Daybreak Sprouls, D.V.M., Discover of Meant Enforcement, Est. M45948, IDA-Beef LLC (January 10, 2019).

5U.S. Congress, United States Code: Meat Inspection, 21 U.S.C. §§ 676(a), (1982) material/pkg/USCODE-2010-title21/pdf/USCODE-2010-title21-chap12-subchapIV-sec676.pdf. Final accessed January 11, 2022.

6U.S. Division of Agriculture, FSIS, “Below Secretary for Meals Security Shares Some Perception on the Humane Dealing with of Livestock,” (January 7, 2011) Final accessed January 11, 2022.



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