Animal rights charity PETA has called on law enforcement to investigate - and potentially bring criminal charges against - a slaughterhouse and one of its workers.
The charity wrote to the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office to look into Dayton Natural Meats, LLC, and the worker responsible for repeatedly shooting a goat in the head.
The letter follows a U.S. Department of Agriculture [USDA] report which says a USDA veterinarian heard a worker shoot a goat with a captive-bolt gun, apparently striking the animal in the eye and causing him or her to stand up and cry out repeatedly.
According to PETA (drawing on information contained in the report): "The worker unsuccessfully tried to shoot the goat again before a third shot, fired nearly a full minute after the first, finally rendered the animal unconscious.
"Afterward, the veterinarian noted that both of the goat’s eyes were injured and one was ruptured.
"PETA notes that this incident may violate Oregon laws, which state that it’s against the law to kill an animal cruelly or recklessly cause physical injury to an animal."
PETA Senior Vice President of Cruelty Investigations, Daphna Nachminovitch, said: "PETA is calling for a criminal investigation of this facility and the worker who repeatedly shot a goat in the head, causing the animal to endure a slow and agonizing death.
"There’s no difference between the fear and pain that this animal felt and the way that dogs, cats, or humans would feel if they were left with a ruptured eye."
PBN has contacted the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office for comment.