Professor with ties to JBS says video released is not Grand Island facility
A West Texas A and M professor with ties to JBS’s Grand Island plant told NTV News that he doesn't believe a video released by PETA was taken in the facility.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said a whistle blower recorded video inside the plant that they say depicts sloppy slaughter techniques that leave animals conscious and in pain, just before they are killed.
Federal regulations allow just one shot from the gun to knock the cows unconscious before slaughter.
Dr. Dee Griffin said he was in the Grand Island plant almost weekly in his job with the Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center, a position he left last year.
In 25 years, he said he never saw an animal blinking after being stunned.
Griffin said JBS has a three stunner system, but only a primary stunner is pictured in the video.
He said he feels very certain the video of a blinking Holstein released by PETA is not from the Grand Island JBS plant, saying there is no place at the facility that restrains an animal's head like what is depicted in the video.
Griffin said the video does depict improper stunning techniques.
JBS released a statement to NTV on Wednesday saying, " JBS animal welfare professionals are in the process of reviewing the video and conducting a full, on-site investigation."
A spokesperson from the The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service released the following statement when NTV News reached out to them:
"The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) takes humane handling very seriously. At this time, the agency is still investigating the matter and will take appropriate enforcement actions if needed."