UPDATE! Second Arrest Made In Raid Of Recent Illegal Animal Slaughter Farm In Florida

UPDATE! March 6th: The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office has made a second arrest of the associate of Miguel Cabrera, “The Butcher,” who was charged with felony crimes of animal cruelty resulting in death. Cabrera’s arrest followed a multi-task raid of an illegal slaughter farm at 200 Godwin Road, Fort Pierce, Florida, on February 14th, 2024.

Ysairis Gonzalez, a 50-year-old woman, was just apprehended after a search warrant was issued for connections of violent crimes being committed against animals with Cabrera three weeks ago.

Detectives have charged Gonzalez with two felony counts of animal cruelty, torture resulting in death, with bail set at $30,000. Her court dates and pleas are pending.

The multiple agency tactical strike that led to the arrests of Miguel Cabrera and Ysairis Gonzalez are the result of a six-month-long undercover investigation conducted by Animal Recovery Mission (ARM), who obtained undercover video footage of illegal and inhumane acts against animals that were in clear violation of the Humane Slaughter Act. The animals were killed without being rendered insensible to pain prior to being butchered and sold for human consumption.

Over 100 animals were seized from the property, including pigs, goats, sheep, cows, and birds, and were taken into custody by ARM where they have been receiving medical care and rehabilitation.

February 29th: Miguel Cabrera, 57,
was arrested on February 14th, on felony animal cruelty charges for
torturing animals to death. The arrest occurred during a raid on a property located at 200 Godwin Road, west of Fort Pierce, Florida.

The investigation titled ‘Operation Lebo’ has been a huge success thanks to the swift response and commitment of the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office for seeing Animal Recovery Mission’s case to the finish line.

Following the raid, ARM took in over 100 animals in critical condition, who they are now working around the clock to save.

In May of 2023, ARM investigators pursued a lead after discovering a post on Craigslist that was advertising ‘live animals and meat for sale’ at two connected rural properties located in Ft. Pierce, Florida, lending to suspicions of organized criminal activity.

What followed was a covert operation where ARM gathered shocking, incriminating evidence of animals being traded and brutally butchered alive, without being rendered insensible to pain, prior to being killed. This is a federal crime in accordance with The Humane Slaughter ACT.

“The way these animals were killed for meat at the slaughterhouse was ghastly and criminal. The killers have been torturing animals for close to 40 years without penalty. This case is an example that animal defense organizations can work successfully with law-enforcement to help animals,” ARM founder Richard Kudo told WAN.

Some of the most violent acts caught on undercover cameras, included pigs being pinned down and stabbed in the heart, and screaming goats being dragged by their hind legs and then strung upside down before skinning and harvesting of their flesh, all while still conscious.

During ARM’s investigation of the illegal animal slaughter farm, animals were consistently documented living in barren, desolate conditions, often seen without clean drinking water, showing signs of illness and disease. These animals are bred and raised to be slaughtered and sold to customers for human consumption.

ARM’s evidence also unveiled animal fighting and ritualistic sacrifice activities.

ARM documented blood from slaughtered animals pooling and seeping into the ground around the area where they were butchered. Dead animals and body parts were also being illegally buried, burned, and disposed of in the trash and throughout the property, endangering the community’s public water supply and implicating severe environmental violations.

This illegal animal slaughter farm is operating without any license, insurance, or regulation with the USDA, putting consumers of the animals’ “meat” at grave risk.

ARM has identified the operation being run by a husband-and-wife team, as well as workers who all participated and are guilty of the crimes listed in the detailed report of this investigation.

Demand that ‘The Butcher’ face judgment. He must be tried in court – no plea deals, no bargaining, no second chances – and be punished to the fullest extent of the law. Take Action HERE!

Please also consider donating to Animal Recovery Mission (ARM) so they can continue to care for the over 100 animals that were rescued from this raid, HERE! 

You can help all animals and our planet by choosing compassion on your plate and in your glass. #GoVeg

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