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Address: 922 Country Rt 53, Brasher Falls, NY, 13613
Establishment No.: m4499
USDA Inspection Report: 16 Apr 2012
Citation: While providing slaughter inspection at Tri Town Packing, Est. # 04499, the following events took place. At approximately 10:34 am, there were two boar pigs left to stun in the kill floor holding area.[redacted] slaughter floor employee of Tri Town Packing, was unsuccessful in coaxing the next boar pig to be slaughtered into the knocking chute.[redacted] then used a .357 pistol to shoot the next boar pig as it was standing in the kill floor holding area. After the first shot was fired, the two boar pigs vocalized and ran about the kill floor holding area. provided immediate corrective action by firing a second shot approximately 5 seconds after the first shot. The second shot killed the boar pig immediately. I immediately asked if the first shot was a complete miss. indicated that the first shot grazed the temple area. Given that the boar pig had red hair(Duroc) and had a lot of clotted blood on the head, I was unable to determine if both shots made contact with the boar pig until the head was skinned. After the boar pig carcass was skinned, I examined the head. There was one bullet hole in the correct location on the forehead of the boar pig. This bullet completely penetrated the pigs skull and you could easily pass a ball point pen into the opening. This opening was created by the second bullet. There was a "crater type" depression of the skull about 1/2" inch above the second bullet's point of entry. This depression was created by the first bullet. This "crater type" depression was about 1/2" inch in diameter and tiny bone chips were easily removed but there was no complete penetration of the skull. This is in violation of 9 CFR 313.16(a)(1), the bullet must be delivered so as to produce immediate unconsciousness in the animal by a single shot with a minimum of excitement and discomfort.
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.