For Speedy Launch:
January 23, 2023
Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382
Wilkesboro, N.C. – Following a not too long ago obtained U.S. Division of Agriculture report revealing that roughly 3,200 chickens died when a trailer crashed on the Tyson Meals slaughterhouse in Wilkesboro, PETA fired off a letter immediately to District Lawyer Tom Horner calling on him to research and file relevant prison prices towards these accountable.
In response to the reviews, on July 1 roughly 4,200 chickens had been inside a trailer that overturned within the slaughterhouse’s driveway. Almost 3,200 birds died, both on influence, from suffocation throughout the 90 minutes it took employees to proper the trailer, from employees flipping cages from the truck with a forklift, or from being crushed beneath cages.
“1000’s of chickens skilled terrifying deaths in a trailer crash and its aftermath, and those that didn’t die instantly had been trapped and suffered for as much as an hour and a half,” says PETA Vice President Daniel Paden. “PETA is looking for a prison investigation into the horrific fates of those birds and urges anybody disturbed by this incident to go vegan.”
PETA—whose motto reads, partially, that “animals should not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For extra info on PETA’s investigative newsgathering and reporting, please go to PETA.org or comply with the group on Twitter, Fb, or Instagram.
PETA’s letter to Horner follows.
January 23, 2023
The Honorable Tom Horner
34th Prosecutorial District
Pricey Mr. Horner:
I’m writing to request that your workplace (and an area law-enforcement company, as you deem acceptable) examine and file relevant prison prices towards the people chargeable for killing almost 3,200 chickens in a trailer crash and its aftermath on the Tyson Meals Inc. slaughterhouse positioned at 704 Manufacturing facility St. in Wilkesboro. The Meals Security and Inspection Service (FSIS) documented the incident within the connected report, which the company simply made obtainable to the general public.
In response to the report, on July 1, 2022, an FSIS inspector “noticed a trailer that had overturned … with roughly 4,200 birds in it.” The inspector decided that roughly 3,177 chickens died on influence and that it took Tyson personnel 90 minutes to proper the trailer. Birds died slowly of suffocation, whereas others had been killed when Tyson employees had been “flipping cages from [the] truck through forklift and … crushing the chickens underneath the cages.”
This conduct doesn’t signify the otherwise-exempt “actions carried out for the first objective of offering meals for human … consumption” and thus might violate N.C.G.S. § 14-360. Please be aware that FSIS’ easy report on the matter carries no prison or civil penalties and doesn’t preempt prison legal responsibility underneath state legislation for cruelty to animals. Thanks to your time and consideration and for the necessary work that you simply do.
Vice President of Proof Evaluation
Cruelty Investigations Division