Help a Meat Inspector Punished for Reporting Inhumane Conditions!
  • Petitioned Daniel Engeljohn

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Daniel Engeljohn

Help a Meat Inspector Punished for Reporting Inhumane Conditions!

    1. Tammy Schrier
    2. Petition by

      Tammy Schrier

      Washington, IA

December 2013


Thanks to your support on my petition and supporting organizations like Food Integrity Campaign, we've decided to close the petition. It's a win! After serious discussions on the best way to proceed for everyone, Jim has taken up work with a facility much closer to our home. So he's back living with us instead of a hotel 100 miles away, and he's happy knowing over 200,000 people came together to support our family when we were just trying to do what we felt was right professionally and ethically. Thank you again, everyone. -Tammy

My husband Jim Schrier and I both worked as USDA meat inspectors at a Tyson Foods slaughter plant near our home in Columbus Junction, Iowa. Now Jim, who has been dutifully serving as a USDA meat inspector for 29 years, is being forced to work over 100 miles away from his family simply for doing his job and enforcing humane slaughtering laws.

Under the federal law, pigs are required to be completely unconscious and unable to feel pain prior to shackling. At the Tyson Foods slaughter plant, Jim witnessed that pigs being shackled for slaughter were kicking and thrashing violently, a direct violation of federal regulations. He also witnessed that many pigs were having to be stunned after being shackled, indicating that the animals had not been stunned properly beforehand.

Jim couldn’t remain silent and allow pigs to suffer needlessly. He raised these concerns immediately to his supervisors. But they don’t share his conviction or support him when he tries to enforce the law. In fact, it’s just the opposite.

After Jim blew the whistle on wrongdoing the agency sent him to work at another facility 120 miles away as a means of whistleblower retaliation. Now the USDA has unfairly decided to reassign him permanently to a facility in another state. To keep his job, he will have to leave his family, friends, and home.

Other USDA inspectors at the Tyson plant had concerns over humane handling, too. But for now, Jim was the only one who has come forward to speak out. Others fear retaliation and keep quiet so they don't face the same dire consequences that Jim has endured. But nobody should be punished for being honest on the job.

Please join me in asking the USDA to stop penalizing Jim for speaking the truth and to bring my husband back home to Columbus Junction!

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    1. Reached 200,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • N Lawrence SACRAMENTO, CA
      • 6 days ago

      I signed this because

      Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

      - Martin Luther King, Jr.

      Please also consider signing my petition:

      And thank you for being heroes Jim and Tammy.

    • Helena Martin FULHAM, AUSTRALIA
      • 17 days ago

      Nowadays the term 'whistleblower' stands for courage - having the guts to stand up for one's convictions. Jim is a hero - the type of quiet achiever who does what is right according to his conscience.

    • wendy lewis OTTER LAKE, MI
      • 2 months ago

      Such a rediculious question, isnt it obvious? At least to a rational thinking person I mean.

    • Karen Carney ORISKANY FALLS, NY
      • 3 months ago

      I hate any form of animal cruelty. These slaughter houses are the worst. Jim should be given a medal for his whistle blowing. It's a shame that these companies get away with the cruelty that they inflict. They know that their employees need their jobs and won't speak up. Didn't we have a whistle blower law in place at one time? Big money unfortunately rules our country.

    • Richard Schwartz WHITE PLAINS, NY
      • 4 months ago

      There is no reason any animal should be tortured to become someone's food!! R.E.S.


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