PETA calls for charges against JBS in Grand Island
PETA sent a letter Tuesday calling on the Hall County attorney to investigate and, as appropriate, file criminal charges against the JBS Grand Island workers responsible for repeatedly shooting cattle in the head on at least four dates since April 2016 and for shackling and hoisting a fully conscious cow—causing the animal to struggle and cry out.
According to the USDA documents, JBS Grand Island’s operations have been suspended four times since April 2016 for shooting cows and steers multiple times during inept stunning attempts.
In January, workers fired three captive-bolt blasts at a cow who bled from the nose as five minutes passed between the first and final shots. On August 16, workers shackled a “bright, alert and responsive” cow by the leg and hoisted the flailing animal upside down, with his or her head dangling about 3 feet above the floor, before shooting the cow twice with a captive-bolt gun. PETA notes that this conduct appears to violate Nebraska’s Livestock Animal Welfare Act, which makes it a crime to fail to provide a cow with care necessary for the animal’s health.
“PETA is calling for a criminal investigation of this slaughterhouse and the workers who caused animals to endure repeated blasts to the head during botched stunning attempts,” says PETA Senior Vice President of Cruelty Investigations Daphna Nachminovitch. “There’s no difference between the terror and pain that these cows felt and how dogs or cats would feel if they were shot multiple times or shackled by the leg and hung upside down while still conscious.”
Jack Zitterkopf, Hall County Attorney said he received the letter from PETA via email Tuesday. He said his chief deputy handles criminal cases and was out of the office at the time; but she is now back and they are discussing how the incident should be handled moving forward.