UNR slaughterhouse cited by USDA for inhumane handling

Workers at Wolf Pack Meats, the University of Nevada’s slaughterhouse in Reno, repeatedly violated humane handling practices during two inspections in March, according to reports of the United States Department of Agriculture, beating cattle and shooting a lamb in the back of the head, which did not render the animal unconscious. The report also says a worker shot a cow in the head with three other steers piled into the stun box, a violation of human handling practices.

A report of the March 15 lamb incident states that the inspector “heard a shot coming from the knock box, then a second shot followed by a loud scream. I immediately walked I saw 5 lambs in the right front corner of the pen and a lamb in the center that was in sternal recumbency with its front hooves tucked between its hind limbs, and its head and neck rested on his forelimbs His eyes were open, narrowed, he had a palpebral reflex, but was not vocalizing or trying to get up.

The employee told the inspector that the first shot “was a misfire and did not penetrate the animal and the second shot I heard entered the back of the animal’s head. lamb”.

The “lamb’s head fell to the ground” after being slaughtered a third time.

Federal regulations state that the shot must “produce immediate unconsciousness in the animal with a single blow before it is chained, hoisted, thrown, thrown, or cut. The animal must be slaughtered in such a manner as to unconscious with minimal excitement and discomfort.

On March 10, an inspector reported seeing three steers and a heifer “all herded into the cattle box” and observed “all four animals were lifting their legs up and down and shaking their heads from side to side to try to fit into such a small space.

The inspector told the employee that only one animal should be in the box at a time. “He proceeded to stun the heifer using a shotgun while the remaining 3 cattle stood in the knock box behind the one that had been stunned.”

Also on March 10, the inspector observed an employee “attempting to drive 2 heifers and 1 steer into the stunning area. These cattle weighed about 600 pounds each. As the cattle refused to enter the punching box the employee became frustrated and quickly began punching a red plastic sorting board directly on the hips of the animals, when that didn’t work he walked past to the rattle paddle (a paddle used to sort and divide cattle) and began using it on the rump of heifers and on the forehead of heifers.

The inspector advised the employee that “the paddle should not be used excessively and should not be used to hit animals directly above their heads,” the report said.

“Could you please publicly post live video of all areas of your facility where live animals are handled?” asks people about the ethical treatment of animals in a letter to the director of operations of the slaughterhouse, Tom Kulas. “Workers might take their duty to handle animals legally more seriously if they knew caring people were watching.”

Wolf Pack Meats Offers Consumers “High Quality, Fresh, Local Meats”, Says UNR website. This too book meat every week at Wolf Pack Provisions, NUR’s student food pantry.

Kulas, UNR President Brian Sandoval and Gov. Steve Sisolak did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

In 2019, the Current reported the USDA cited the slaughterhouse when a worker shot a cow three times in an effort to stun her.

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