An investigation by the Animal Recovery Mission and Miami-Dade police revealed gut-wrenching animal abuse at an illegal Florida slaughterhouse. The slaughterhouse’s owner, Raul ‘Freaky’ Fernandez, has been arrested and charged with seven counts of animal abuse.
In disturbing video captured by an undercover cameraman, workers at the slaughterhouse are seen laughing as they brutally stab, shoot, and boil living animals.
“On video surveillance, pigs can be seen being dragged, hook-mouthed through the jaw, at distances of approximately 150 feet, all while the animals remain alive,” Fernandez’s affidavit states.
One section of the footage shows a worker shooting a boar with a small caliber rifle. The pig doesn’t die. The worker then shoves a hook through the pig’s jaw and drags it well over 100 feet while the animal is still live. Next, the employee beats the pig for over three minutes.
The investigation also found that children were forced to watch in horror as the animals were tortured and slaughtered in the most inhumane ways imaginable.
“It’s monstrous,” ARM founder Richard Couto said. “These operators are savages with no sense of humanity.”
Miami-Dade State lawyer Katherine Fernandez Rundle echoed those sentiments.
“No legitimate slaughterhouse operator or any self-respecting farmer would treat his livestock in such a ghastly manner,” she said.
Here is the footage from inside the slaughterhouse. Be warned though, it’s very graphic: