Feds see beaten pigs at sausage maker ‘Old Folks’; PETA is looking for Kill-Floor cameras


For immediate release:
April 25, 2022

Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382

Shelby County, Ky. – After federal reports just emerged that workers at FB Purnell Sausage Co. – the ‘Old Folks’ sausage maker and a salesman for the Louisville Bats – beat and kicked pigs while were led to slaughter, sows electrocuted up to six times on the head and above their hearts, and left disabled animal lying in ‘fecal soup,’ PETA sent letter today to company president Todd Purnell, calling on him to livestream the killing operations and refer workers who abused pigs to police on possible animal cruelty charges.

“As if the journey to the slaughterhouse wasn’t terrifying enough, these bullies repeatedly punched, kicked and electroshocked helpless pigs,” says Dan Paden, vice president of analytics evidence from PETA. “PETA calls on this company to help end more egregious abuses by publicly livestreaming the culling operations and urges anyone bothered by the suffering of these animals to become a vegan.”

PETA also asked Purnell to permanently reassign all affected workers to positions that do not involve contact with live animals.

PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” — opposes speciesism, a human supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebookor instagram.

PETA’s letter to Purnell follows.

April 25, 2022

Fred Todd Purnel
FB Purnell Sausage Co. Inc.

Dear Mr. Purnell:

Recent reports from the United States Department of Agriculture detail that your employees beat and kicked hogs as they were being driven to the slaughterhouse, electrocuted sows (the “old ones”, if you will, of your industry) up to six times on the head and/or above their heart, and left a crippled animal lying in “fecal soup”. Operations at your slaughterhouse are anything but “good”, and immediate changes are needed to prevent more illegal animals from suffering there.

Could you please publicly post live video of all areas of your facility where live animals are handled? With $70 million in annual sales, the company can clearly afford it. Workers would take their duty to handle animals lawfully more seriously if they knew caring people were watching.

As Dr. Temple Grandin, the world’s leading livestock welfare expert, writes: “Plants [t]who do good work should show what they are doing. Your industry often complains that consumers today do not understand how animals are raised and killed for food. Help us by allowing us to watch your workers move countless individual pigs – who value their lives as we value ours – out of crowded trucks in all weathers, by slicing or slitting their throats and bleeding them to death .

At the very least, will you permanently reassign workers referenced in federal reports to jobs that involve no contact with live animals — such as gutting, butchering, and packing — and report those who have beat and kicked pigs to police for investigation for apparent violations of Kentucky’s anti-cruelty law?

Thanks for your consideration.


Daniel Paden
Vice President of Evidence Analysis
Department of Cruelty Investigations


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