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On October 27th, Bartels Packing, a slaughterhouse and meat packing facility in Oregon was suspended by The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for improper practices. During a random inspection, the company was seen using a bolt gun improperly.
Typically, a bolt gun is used to shoot livestock in the head to render the animal unconscious before dying. Workers at the Oregon facility, however, were found to be shooting the animals elsewhere.
In 2013, the Oregon slaughterhouse was fined by the USDA $13,000 for polluting local waterways.
Slaughterhouses are normally shut down by the USDA based on food safety issues, but rarely due to animal welfare concerns.
Kaden is a passionate animal rights activist, writer, graphic designer and cyclist.
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