Pudliners Under Investigation
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PETA has requested a federal probe into a Johnstown meat processing company after several violations for inhumane animal practices were cited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A letter was sent to U.S. Attorney Scott Brady by PETA Monday morning, asking that an investigation be launched into Pudliner Packing. According to the Department of Agriculture, Pudliner Packing was cited three times over the last three years for improperly killing animals as listed in the Humane Methods of Livestock Slaughter Act. Department officials say on Jan. 27, 2020, Pudliner Packing was issued a reinstatement of suspension after an act violation. The reports states an employee stunned a dairy cow with a firearm, then proceeded to winch it into a different area to be shackled and hoisted. According to the report, the employee handling the animal saw that it had not died after being shot and was still capable of movement and was making noises. The employee proceeded to shackle and hang the cow before cutting the animal and letting it bleed to death. The report also states that three holes were found in the animal's cranium after it was skinned. In a June 26 incident, department officials say a federal inspector was present when an animal was shot multiple times. According to the report, the inspector heard a firearm stunning of a cow in the alley stun box. The report states he heard one gunshot but did not hear the animal fall. He then heard a second and third shot before the animal collapsed, the report says. According to the report, the employee told the inspector that as he fired the first shot, the animal moved its head; he tried a second shot and it moved its head in the other direction and remained standing. Then he used a captive bolt and rendered the animal unconscious. A July 31, 2018, report states an employee tried to stun a pig with a hand-held captive bolt. After the first attempt, the report says the pig squealed and ran away to the other end of the stun box while remaining standing and alert. The employee then used a .22-caliber rifle in a second attempt to put the animal down, according to the report. A federal inspector was present during the stunning, according to the report, and watched the employee hand the rifle to the company owner, who shot the pig a third time.