BREAKING: Federal officials found that at least 31 children as young as 13 were allegedly employed illegally as night sanitation workers at slaughterhouses in the Midwest—including JBS Foods slaughterhouses in Grand Island, Nebraska, and Worthington, Minnesota.
The children were allegedly working in hazardous conditions. Investigators found that some worked at the facilities overnight and had burns on their hands because of exposure to cleaning chemicals. Federal investigators are now looking into whether these children are victims of illegal labor trafficking.
If JBS Foods Can Excuse Illegal Child Labor, Imagine What Happens to Animals at JBS Slaughterhouses
In addition to the alleged child labor violations at the JBS Foods slaughterhouses, PETA has obtained documentation revealing the egregious abuse of other animals at these vile facilities.
Some cows at this JBS slaughterhouse were FULLY CONSCIOUS when workers hung them upside down & SLIT THEIR THROATS.
Flowers don’t need to have their throats slit.
PETA will pay workers from the recently closed JBS slaughterhouse if they quit and become flower-arrangers instead. pic.twitter.com/LmiAybkJlV
— PETA (@peta) April 9, 2020
At the slaughterhouse in Grand Island, federal officials documented that workers beat cows and deprived them of water. Additionally, the facility has a history of botched shootings of cows, including in November 2021, when staff repeatedly shot two cows in the head before rendering them unconscious.
In June 2020, a bleeding steer who had been shot in the head tried desperately to escape slaughter. Thirteen minutes passed before workers repositioned the terrified animal for a second shot. In March 2018, workers apparently failed even to attempt to stun a cow before shackling her and hoisting her onto a bleed rail while she was still conscious.
In 2017, a concerned whistleblower provided PETA with photographs and video footage documenting that cows had been shot in the wrong area of their heads, which may not have properly stunned them, and that a conscious cow—whose throat had been slit—had been hanging on the bleed rail.
Whistleblowers have also alleged that JBS forced cows to languish in idling trucks outside the Grand Island facility for up to 10 hours before being unloaded, causing extra suffering.
At the JBS slaughterhouse in Worthington, workers were seen lifting paddles above their heads and repeatedly striking pigs, according to a federal report.
Here’s What YOU Can Do
This recent investigation is yet another reminder that companies that raise our fellow animals for slaughter have no regard for the lives of sentient beings—including human children, apparently. The best way to take action against the suffering of humans and other animals at slaughterhouses is to go vegan. Click the button below to get started today: