By Glenn Evans
The Mount Pleasant Police Department is investigating an animal cruelty complaint filed against the Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. slaughterhouse there based on an undercover report issued by the Humane Society of the United States.
Video shot by Humane Society staff working undercover, in the Mount Pleasant slaughterhouse and in a Georgia chicken house, purports to show Pilgrim’s Pride workers brutalizing the birds they are processing.
Birds were punched while shackled in place, violently shackled and re-shackled repeatedly and thrown indiscriminately, the group’s video shows.
“Pilgrim’s Pride is a company that has refused to make even modest animal welfare reforms,” Humane Society spokesman Matt Prescott said Wednesday. “And, sure enough, just a few days in their operation showed there is extreme animal abuse going on. … That should be criminal-level animal cruelty. And we’re hoping for prosecution of these individuals.”
The Humane Society filed its complaint with the Titus County Sheriff’s Office, which forwarded it to the Mount Pleasant Police Department.