PETA claims whistle blower records inhumane practices at Grand Island meat plant
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (NTV NEWS) —
On Wednesday, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) called out a Grand Island meat processor for inhumane practices.
PETA claims a video and pictures taken earlier this year by a whistle blower at JBS Beef in Grand Island reveal sloppy slaughter techniques that leave animals conscious and in pain, just before they are killed.
Federal regulations allow just one shot from the gun to knock the cows unconscious before slaughter, but the video shows that's not the case for each animal.
While NTV cannot independently confirm that this video was in-fact taken at JBS, we do know the Hall County meat packing plant has been cited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture at least four times since April 2016 for similar behavior.
The food safety inspection service has found the facility used multiple shots to stun animals, instead of a single blow. The USDA also found that some animals at JBS regained consciousness after being stunned.
JBS released the following statement to NTV News:
“JBS USA is aware of a video released by an animals rights organization alleging improper animal handling at our Grand Island, Neb., beef production facility. We take these allegations seriously. JBS animal welfare professionals are in the process of reviewing the video and conducting a full, on-site investigation. The company will thoroughly investigate these allegations and immediately address any concerns, as warranted. The well-being of the animals under our care is an utmost priority and we will not tolerate violations of our strict animal welfare policies.”
Warning: The video may be disturbing for some. Click here for the video that PETA claims was recorded at JBS.