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PETA questions technique used at Pontotoc slaughterhouse

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Updated: 7/10/2013 5:35 pm
PONTOTOC, Miss. (WTVA) -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are asking the Mississippi Department of Health to reconsider a contract with a Pontotoc company because of possible violations of federal mandates on the treatment of animals in the slaughterhouse.

PETA says they have obtained video inside Southern Quality Meats and says they have notified the company of alleged inhumane slaughter at its facility.

PETA officials say some of the actions on the video may violate a federal mandate requiring pigs to be handled with a minimum of excitement and discomfort prior to slaughter.

The animal rights agency has also sent a letter to the Mississippi Department of Education urging them to reconsider a current contract with Southern Quality Meats.

An MDE spokesperson says the state agency follows appropriate state and federal guidelines for food contracts.

PETA says it has filed a complaint with the U. S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

WTVA News contacted Southern Quality Meats for a comment, but the company spokesperson was not in the office.

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