PETA Obtains Grisly Footage of Workers Repeatedly Striking Animals on the Head and Asks Government to Take Action
For Immediate Release:
April 6, 2018
Phnom Penh — PETA has obtained disturbing video footage from local eyewitnesses who recorded cruelty inside a pig slaughterhouse in Cambodia.
The video footage shows workers slaughtering pigs in full view of one another—and some were forced to watch the violence over and over again for more than six hours before they were also cruelly killed. Workers repeatedly struck pigs on the head with hard metal pipes—in one case, two men hit one pig six times—before cutting their throats. The apparently still-conscious animals continued to move from side to side as their throats were slit.
PETA has written to the Cambodian Agriculture Ministry asking that it take action and put a stop to this horrific treatment of pigs in slaughterhouses.
“This gruesome video footage puts faces to the countless animals who suffer terrifying, violent deaths before they end up on someone’s dinner plate,” says PETA Vice President Jason Baker. “PETA is calling on the government to implement the most basic animal-welfare laws in order to put an end to the practice of cruelly bashing in pigs’ heads with metal pipes. But as even slaughterhouses that don’t use this killing method are hell for animals, we urge everyone in Cambodia and around the world to remember these pigs’ pain and go vegan.”
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—notes that the Cambodian meat industry slaughters roughly 300,000 pigs annually. In response—and as meat consumption in the country rises—PETA is calling for Cambodia’s Agriculture Ministry to implement animal-welfare laws throughout the country immediately.