A vegan organization has called for a slaughterhouse probe following the 'disturbing revelations' that two pigs were shot multiple times in the head.
Animal rights charity PETA obtained the information from two U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports revealing the incidents at BEF Foods, Inc. in Hillsdale (Michigan).
PETA has written to the Hillsdale Chief of Police to investigate the slaughterhouse and, 'as appropriate, file criminal cruelty-to-animals charges against the facility and the workers', believing a violation may have taken place.
According to the USDA reports, two conscious sows were shot multiple times in the head. PETA says this caused 'at least one of them to cry out and bleed from the nose, once on July 10 of this year and again on September 28'.
"These disturbing revelations show that these pigs suffered prolonged, agonizing deaths at BEF Foods," says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch.
"PETA is calling for a criminal investigation on behalf of the animals who suffered at this facility and the members of the public who care about them."
Plant Based News has contacted BEF Foods Inc. for comment.
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