PETA seeking criminal investigation for cow shot in head five times at Nordik Meats

VIROQUA, Wis. (WKBT) – PETA is seeking a criminal investigation for a cow that was shot five times in the head at Nordik Meats outside of Viroqua.

The organization received an incident report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture about a law violation August 19 at the Viroqua meat processing plant. The cow cried out after the first shot, tried escaping after the second, swayed back-and-forth after the next two shots, and was then stunned after the final shot, according to the report.

A federal inspector later discovered four wounds in the cow’s head, one of which that was an inch long in diameter.

“This disturbing report shows that this cow experienced a prolonged, agonizing death at Nordik Meats,” PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch says in a press release. “PETA is calling for a criminal investigation on behalf of the cow who suffered at this facility and urging all compassionate members of the public who are disturbed by this cruelty to go vegan and help prevent more animals from suffering in slaughterhouses.”

PETA sent a letter to the Vernon County district attorney’s office, urging it to review the incident and file criminal cruelty-to-animals charges against the employee and the slaughterhouse.