According to The Orange County Register, the Santa Clara County Department of Environmental Health is investigating an incident involving the delivery of raw pig remains in a shopping cart after images of the incident went viral.
First shared on Facebook, the graphic images show men in yellow slickers delivering a load of raw meat to a 99 Ranch Market in San Jose on January 14.
Loretta Seto, who posted the images, writes:
We were at the 99 Ranch Market across from this Costco and saw their vendors delivering meat with Costco shopping carts! Talk about disgusting! I’m usually okay with sticking the kids in the seat of the basket, but this is a whole new level of gross.
This photo is disturbing on several levels. Aside from the obvious health risk posed by the remains, the image forces people to face the grisly reality that meat comes from butchered animals. While most people think they know the origins of their food, they are largely shielded from the truth. And they seriously underestimate the extreme cruelty and neglect that is standard practice at factory farms and slaughterhouses.
Pigs and other farmed animals are sensitive and social, just like the dogs and cats we adore at home. Despite this, the meat industry treats them as mere objects.
When they’re as young as 10 days old, piglets are taken from their mothers and have their tails cut off, their teeth clipped, and their testicles ripped out without any painkillers. Piglets who are too sick or are not growing fast enough are gruesomely killed by being slammed headfirst onto concrete floors.
The surviving piglets are packed into filthy, overcrowded pens. While pigs in nature live for about 15 years, at factory farms they are selectively bred to grow extremely fast, reaching slaughter size in just six months.
Mother pigs are treated like nothing more than birthing machines, repeatedly impregnated and confined in barren metal cages so small the animals cannot turn around. This cruel cycle continues for three to five years, until their bodies can no longer withstand the constant breeding and they are sent to slaughter.
At the slaughterhouse, pigs are all killed the same merciless way: They are hung upside down, often while still conscious, and their throats are slit.
Pigs are considered the fifth-most intelligent animal in the world—even more intelligent than dogs—and are capable of playing video games with more success than chimps.
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Photo Credit: Loretta Seto