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USDA: Upstate slaughterhouse suspended after inhumane death of hog

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DUNCAN, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said inspection personnel at an Upstate slaughterhouse were suspended after the inhumane killing of a hog.

The incident occurred at Foster's Meat on Christopher Street in Duncan.

In a notice of suspension sent on May 22, the USDA said inspection program personnel witnessed a hog shot with a fault rifle, faulty ammunition, employees fail to use proper stunning procedure and improper bleeding of the animal.

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As a result, the USDA withheld its  inspection marks and suspended inspection program personnel until corrective actions were taken.

The day following the incident, a second letter from the USDA indicates Foster's Meat submitted written corrective actions and preventative measures which met the agency's requirements.

On May 26, the USDA said it would immediately begin verification of the measures.

In a statement issued by animal rights activist group PETA on Monday, the organization called for criminal charges against the slaughterhouse workers who failed to properly stun the animal.

"There's no difference between the terror and pain that this pig felt and how dogs or cats would feel if they were left to suffer from gunshot or stab wounds," said Daphna Nachminovitch, PETA Senior Vice President of Cruelty Investigations.

Foster's Meat declined to comment on the case.

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