Graphic leaked video shows 'appalling' pig slaughter

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Is The Slaughterhouse Video 'Appalling' Or 'Acceptable'?


A slaughterhouse is being accused of illegal slaughtering methods after an animal rights group released undercover video this week.

Livestock slaughtered at Quality Pork Processors is used by Hormel, the company that makes Spam, along with other pork products.

The group Compassion Over Killing posted a video of pigs being dragged across factory floors and, allegedly, slaughtered while conscious. By law, the pigs are supposed to be unconscious.

WARNING: The following video is extremely graphic:



The Austin, Minnesota, slaughterhouse is part of the USDA's Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point Inspection Models Project, better known as HIMP. HIMP slaughterhouses are places where new practices are tested to make slaughterhouses more efficient.

But Compassion Over Killing says the factory forces workers to take "inhumane shortcuts" and "jeopardizes food safety."

"If you look at [the video] as a full sequence ... you will see those animals were handled according to acceptable regulations. ... I've got complete trust in the foods that we produce," a spokesperson for the slaughterhouse told The Huffington Post.

But a spokesperson for the USDA called the slaughterhouse's actions "appalling and completely unacceptable" and said the department will launch an investigation. In a press release, Hormel said it also plans to review procedures at the slaughterhouse.

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Marty Koontz, co-owner of the Grazin Pig Acres rescue ranch, feeds one of the pot-bellied pigs living on the ranch run by Koontz and his wife, Nancy Koontz, Tuesday July 14, 2015 in Ramona, Calif. The ranch is home to 98 pot bellied pigs that have been rescued by Nancy and Marty Koontz, The craze for tiny pet pigs started decades ago and gets reignited every few years. Once they grow too big to handle, people give them up. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
A pot-bellied pig strolls past the florist shop in his enclosure at the Grazin Pig Acres rescue ranch in Ramona, Calif. Tuesday, July 14, 2015 in Ramona, Calif. Each pen at the ranch, which is home to 98 rescued pigs, has a theme for its structure. The craze for tiny pet pigs started decades ago and gets reignited every few years. Once they grow too big to handle, people give them up. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
A pot bellied pig shows off his profile at the Grazin Pig Acre rescue ranch Tuesday, July 14, 2015, in Ramona, Calif. The ranch is home to 98 pot bellied pigs that have been rescued by the owners of the ranch, Nancy and Marty Koontz, The craze for tiny pet pigs started decades ago and gets reignited every few years. Once they grow too big to handle, people give them up. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
A belly rub for pot-bellied pigs breaks out at the hands of the owners of the Grazin Pigs Acres rescue ranch owners, Nancy and Marty Koontz, Tuesday July 14, 2015 in Ramona, Calif. The ranch is home to 98 pot bellied pigs that have been rescued by Nancy and Marty Koontz, The craze for tiny pet pigs started decades ago and gets reignited every few years. Once they grow too big to handle, people give them up. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
A belly rub gets started in the front yard of the Grazin' Pig Acres rescue ranch by its owners, Nancy and Marty Koontz, and several of the 98 pigs living on the ranch Tuesday July 14, 2015 in Ramona, Calif. The craze for tiny pet pigs started decades ago and gets reignited every few years. Once they grow too big to handle, people give them up. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
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