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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – PETA sent a letter to the Macon Judicial Circuit district attorney’s office calling for an investigation into an animal cruelty case at Fort Valley State University (FSVU).
PETA has obtained a U.S. Department of Agriculture report revealing a recent violation of law at FSVU‘s Georgia Small Ruminant Research and Extension Center.
According to a news release from PETA, the organization wants criminal cruelty-to-animals charges brought against the facility and those responsible for shooting a bull in the head ten times with a captive-bolt gun before rendering the animal unconscious.
PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch says that the disturbing reports show that this bull experienced a prolonged, agonizing death at FSVU.
“PETA is calling for a criminal investigation on behalf of the bull who suffered at this facility and urging all compassionate members of the public who are disturbed by this cruelty to go vegan and help prevent more animals from suffering in slaughterhouses,” Nachminovitch said in the news release.
PETA says that other animals have a central nervous system and sense of self-preservation, just as humans do.
Fort Valley released a statement regarding the report: “FVSU continues to be a national leader in agriculture, plant, and animal sciences. The humane and ethical treatment of animals is a priority of the institution, as we provide critical meat processing services to the community and the state. On June 26, 2019, a notice of suspension regarding the inspection of livestock slaughter was issued by USDA because of an instance related to an abnormal number of stun actions becoming necessary to render a large, 40-month old bull unconscious using a hand held captive bolt (HHCB). In order for the suspension to be lifted, the notice required the submission of written corrective and preventive actions, which were promptly submitted to USDA by FVSU on that same day. The next day, June 27, 2019, USDA notified FVSU that the suspension has been held in abeyance, allowing processing to continue at the facility. A federal inspector observes all cattle slaughter at FVSU.”
The statement goes on to say: “FVSU has voluntarily halted slaughter of bulls over 30 months of age until larger charges for the HHCB have been procured, which can then be used to more decisively render cattle unconscious. We will continue to document our humane treatment of animals, engage in routine and voluntary assessments to ensure our standards of excellence are upheld, and welcome continued and transparent inspection of our processes and facility.”