Meat and Poultry Industry News

Mobile slaughterhouses sabotaged in Oregon

Two mobile slaughterhouses were allegedly attacked by animal rights activists in Oregon. The unknown attackers claimed to have poured bleach into the gas tanks of the units, which would cause a chemical reaction that would seize the engine and cripple the trailer.

One of the facilities that was attacked was Shoe’s Mobile Slaughter and Processing during the weekend of June 21-22, reports OPB.com. There was some confusion from the initial report, which was publicized in the animal rights magazine Bite Back, because it listed Shoe’s of Stayton, Ore. by name but had the address of another Oregon meat processor in Sublimity.

Chris Show, owner of Shoe’s Mobile Slaughter, said that he replaced his mobile unit on June 23, so if the activists did damage his vehicle, it was the old one.

“It’s actually pretty dang funny,” Shoe said. “That old truck is going to the scrap yard.”

Previously, activists had sabotaged the mobile slaughterhouse that belonged to Meating Place, located in Hillsboro, on June 14. Keith Miller, owner, said he was unaware of the attack until he was contacted by a federal investigator.

He then siphoned fuel from the tank and “it was yellow, so they obviously did something to it,” Miller said. “I was a little shocked, but I guess we should have been more prepared for crazy people.”

Jerry Haun, executive secretary of the Northwest Meat Processors Association, said he has never heard of such sabotage cases in more than three decades in the industry, but he is advising mobile processors to take extra precautions, such as locking fuel tanks and installing better security equipment and lighting. He notes that mobile units are more vulnerable than brick-and-mortar facilities.

“These people aren’t going to let you know they’re coming,” Haun said.

Anyone with information about the cases can reach the FBI office in Portland at 503-224-4181 and the Salem office at 503-362-6601.

Source: OPB.com

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to National Provisioner.

Recent Articles by Industry News

You must login or register in order to post a comment.

Multimedia

Videos

Image Galleries

Podcasts

Brenneman analyzes Butterball’s new animal care, well-being program

Rod Brenneman, CEO of Butterball, discusses his company's new Animal Care and Well-Being Program, his company's certification by the American Humane Association and further animal-handling initiatives, all officially announced in September 2013.

More Podcasts

National Provisioner

.

2015 April

The April issue of NP offers cover story: Monogram Foods: Intrinsic growth.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Independent Processor

.

April 2015

IP's April issue freatures cover story: An open book, Kiolbassa Provision’s management style stresses a values-based corporate culture and total transparency for its employees.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Provisioner Store

NP-SB-2014Cover.jpg
The National Provisioner Source Book

The Sourcebook is an exclusive buyer’s guide and reference tool for product and supplier information in the meat, poultry and seafood marketplace.

More Products

Sourcebook

A complete reference guide to supplies. Go to NP's Sourcebook now to check out the latest and greatest in the meat and poultry processing business.

STAY CONNECTED

Facebook icon Twitter icon  YouTube iconLinkedIn icon google +

eNewsletters

Provisioner Prime is a twice weekly electronic newsletter created by the editors of The National Provisioner. Provisioner Prime appears in your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday with a recap of the week's top news and trends. Provisioner Prime also offers you exclusive access to industry analysis, blogs, events, podcasts, videos, webinars and The National Provisioner feature articles. 

Sign up for Provisioner Prime HERE.