Responsible Transportation Slaughter Plant, Sigourney, IA 8/05/13

Monday, August 5, 2013 - 10:00
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The Responsible Transportation slaughter plant was scheduled to begin the slaughtering of horses on August 5th, but due to a law suit filed by several animal welfare groups, a 30-day injunction was granted by the federal court. Animals’ Angels investigators were at the plant to observe the premises.

Investigators arrived at the plant at 07:30. No trucks of any kind were observed arriving or leaving the plant during the visit. A Sheriff Deputy’s car was parked at the front entrance, presumably to ensure that the plant’s deliveries were not obstructed. However, as there was no activity outside the plant, the keeping of a sheriff deputy off patrol or worse on overtime, seemed to be a waste of tax payer’s money.

There were six cars in the front parking lot, presumably employees. The plant was surrounded by a chain link fence topped with barb wire and piles of metal, metal parts and other items were piled up around the plant. There was no activity all morning, therefore investigators left the premises.