Putting Glass Walls on New York's Slaughterhouses So We Can
See Behind Closed Doors
Croghan Meat Market, Inc.
Address: 9824 Main St, Route 812, Croghan, NY 13327
Establishment No.: m4480
USDA Inspection Reports: 29 Feb 2012
Citation: At approximately 8:45am this morning, I witnessed the following non-compliance. While waiting behind a wall while a cow was going to be shot in the knockbox, there were two gunshots approximately 4 or 5 seconds apart. I ([redacted] SPHV) had attempted to move to a window in the door leading to the slaughter room after the first shot. I was doing this to confirm that the first shot had been successful in rendering the cow unconscious. Mr. requested that I remain behind the wall because they were going to administer a second gunshot. The second gunshot occurred during this conversation. I immediately observed the cow after the second gunshot and she was completely unconscious. I later inspected the skull and saw that bothshots had penetrated and were administered in the correct stunning/shooting location. I spoke to Mr. and explained that under Federal regulations, an animal is required to be rendered insensible/unconscious after a single shot, and that IPP including inspectors and veterinarians need to be able to verify that. By not being allowed to witness the cow after the first shot had been administered, I was unable to determine if this regulation had been met. As the second shot took place immediately, and I was able to determine that the cow was unconscious immediately after the second shot, I did not need to take any regulatory control action. I explained to Mr. that in the future we need to be able to verify insensibility with a single gunshot or captive bolt stun.
313.16(a) Utilization of firearms, required effect; handling. (1) The firearms shall be employed in the delivery of a bullet or projectile into the animal in accordance with this section so as to produce immediate unconsciousness in the animal by a single shot before it is shackled, hoisted, thrown, cast, or cut. The animal shall be shot in such a manner that they will be rendered unconscious with a minimum of excitement and discomfort.