Secret Slaughterhouse Pipeline Fills Texas Creek With Pig Blood

An amateur drone pilot in Texas was flying a simple rig with a point-and-shoot camera attached for fun, and noticed something strange in a creek. There was an awful lot of dark red in the water. He notified the county, and a Department of Health and Human Services investigation showed that the substance discoloring the water was blood. Raw pig blood from a nearby meatpacking plant.

A search warrant executed on the nearby slaughterhouse and meat-packing plant found that there was an underground pipe leading to the creek. That’s very, very illegal, and the various government agencies involved won’t comment on what kind of charges could be in store for whoever installed that pipe.

Investigation: Pig’s Blood Flowing into Trinity River:

Investigation: Pig’s Blood Flowing into Trinity River [Fox 4]
Dallas Meat Packing plant investigated after drone images reveal pollution [sUAS News] (via Gizmodo – thanks, anti_activist!)


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  1. clippy2.0 says:

    Is it tasteless to make a quip about trying to refrain from making a tampon related comment?

  2. Spaghettius! says:

    oh for the love of eeeeewwwwwwwwww

  3. Lethe says:

    Why??? Why do people care that little about the environment and the people who live around them? I try so hard to keep my misanthropy at bay, and then I read something like this.

    • MutantMonkey says:


      • Applekid ‚îÄ‚îÄ‚î¨ Ôªø„Éé( „Çú-„Çú„Éé) says:

        And with enough of it, you don’t have to live anywhere near where the little environmental disasters are located. That’s why some crazies can seriously say we don’t need the EPA, because they really believe the land is as nicely pruned as the manicured lawns for the mansions they live in, the water is as pure as the Fiji water they carry around everywhere, and the air is as pure as that refreshing vacation in the Swiss Alps.

        • Kuri says:

          That’s what I’ve been saying. Ignorance is bliss, and for some, if they live near no problem, there IS no problem.

    • Buckus says:

      Don’t worry…loosening regulations will allow industries to police themselves.


    • Gorbachev says:

      Plain old greed. That’s why people do this.

  4. rlmiller007 says:

    Simple. Large fine. Shut them down. Go to jail. Make them work in the water treatment plant wading around in crap for 8 hours a day.

  5. Nigerian prince looking for business partner says:

    That sounds a lot like the dumpsters behind our county animal shelter. It’s not all that uncommon to see blood dripping out of the rust holes in them during rainy days.

    • ElleAnn says:

      Strange place to hang out. That said, I’d probably report them to the city health department. Sounds like a health code violation.

      • Nigerian prince looking for business partner says:

        I volunteer there about two weekends a month. They have to put down about 7,000 animals a year, so it’s a pretty constant stream of animals going through. The health department is aware of the situation and the carcasses are just bagged and taken to the dump.

        • The Porkchop Express says:

          they don’t have an incinerator? if they do, they also apparently need a bone grinder if my past experience with a local shelter means anything.

    • Spaghettius! says:

      Wow, that’s sad and disturbing. I could try to argue that the animal shelter is too underfunded to follow safe disposal protocals (assuming that they are violating them with their bleedy dumpsters)… but meatprocessing facilities are often in the position of having to cut costs, too, to keep their prices competitive. But a dumpster that leaks blood after the rain is not the same as turning a whole creek into a macro artery just so we could all enjoy some cheap ribs.
      And it’s not like those pigs would still be alive if only someone thought to adopt them.

  6. Cat says:

    But… It’s ORGANIC!

    • Back to waiting, but I did get a cute dragon ear cuff says:

      and natural.

    • Gman says:

      Not only that but ALL NATURAL!. Clearly the eeevvviiill govt’ sttoges will harm the planet by taking away this company’s right to dump a ALL NATURAL product back into the ecosystem.


      • Happy Tinfoil Cat says:

        I was thinking the same thing. Indians used to fertilize their crops with blood.

        On another note, our local Asian markets sell pig’s blood by the bricks and yes, I’ve eaten it. My dad told me nobody who eats pig’s blood will be allowed into heaven. He was that disgusted. LOL Next to the pig’s blood they have pig’s uterus, which my Chinese wife no doubt has served me. These guys are pouring money down the drain when they could be selling it in Asia along with the ears, uterus, and who knows what else.

  7. McRib wants to know if you've been saved by the Holy Clown says:

    Soon pig Moses will lead his people to freedom.

    • Don't Bother says:

      Let my mammals go!

    • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

      Sure, Moses will free them, but then Napoleon will say he was really the one who did it and that Moses was a commie who really wanted to enslave them all!

      All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others!


  8. Liam Kinkaid says:

    Welcome to Perry’s Texas.

    • HomerSimpson says:

      Sounds like a couple more “nosy government agencies” that need their budgets cut!

      “What you say? Water is red? Just food coloring! Nothing to see here!”

      • azmountaintroll says:

        So which government agency was the drone operator working for?

        • sammypauls says:

          That’s exactly the point. It took a private citizen flying drone taking pictures and, by sheer luck, catching this company deliberately breaking the law because we’ve underfunded and slashed resources needed to discover these polluters.

          What Mr. Simpson is saying is that the argument that corporations can police themselves and so we could do with fewer regulations and inspectors is disproven by this story. While a majority of companies don’t purposely flout laws designed to protect the environment and its inhabitants, all it takes is one to destroy the reputation of all of them and the ecosystems of the surrounding area.

          What if this facility was not a slaughter house and instead was a heavy metals processor?

    • Doubting thomas says:

      That is a truly idiotic comment. What the company is doing is illegal, and as soon as it was discovered it was shut down and an investigation launched.
      Perry is a moron and an embarrassment to the State but this is not his fault. It could just as easily happened in CA, OK, or NY

      • dolemite says:

        Yeah, but when you run on “I want to shut down government oversight agencies because regulations about pollution and whatnot are too onerous for corporations.”…then a corporation shows it doesn’t give a crap about people or the environment…..

        It might not be his fault, but he’s advocating making it easier for it to occur.

    • nishioka says:

      Vote for Parry… that’s with an A, for Americaaaaaaaaaaa.

    • Dallas_shopper says:

      This. Texas is really starting to suck.

    • lawnmowerdeth says:

      Yes, it’s all Perry’s fault that someone was doing something illegally.

  9. Cicadymn says:

    It probably would have been cheaper to dispose of properly rather than to build an underground pipe to spit it out in a creek.

    This is just stupid.

    • TheHalfWit says:

      It was cheaper for them to dump it, and here’s why.

      1. They’ve probably been dumping it before it was illegal to dump it, 99 years is a lot of dumping and change of the laws concerning it.

      2. Since whenever those laws passed till now, dumping has essentially been free, if they disposed of it properly they’d have to pay somebody else to remove it, dumping it down river cost nothing till now.

      3. Their lawyers will likely manage to turn the millions of dollars in fines that they should probably get into a $20k slap on the wrist. Remember the exxon valdez oil spill, an actual major event that resulted in 55 million gallons of oil being spilled? After 22 years of bouncing around the courts, all the while making profit, the damages were reduced to $500 million, from the initial $5.3 billion. Even if its on a smaller scale that principle stands, this meat packing plant might lose a little money this year but on the whole will make a profit from the illegal dumping.

      This kind of shit happens all the time, companies, corporations shortcut shit as often as it makes them a profit overall. Look back at the ford minivan fuckups where the axle could fall off the van. Look back at the ford explorer tire shortcuts, where ford later went back and called the tire defective. Horseshit, they knew about it when they sold the fucking things, they just didn’t want to pay an extra hundred million bucks to fix the problem then, and have only had to pay out $4 million in lawsuits. And all this is what I can pull off the top of my head, if you look at whatever field you work in you can probably dig up lots of shit like this where corporations shortchange things now because it will cost them less in the long run to just pay the lawsuits.

      I have more examples, but those are just the ones that I could think of that are easily sourcable.

  10. mischlep says:

    Meanwhile, Republicans in Florida have introduced a bill that would make taking pictures of farms, ranches, and agricultural sites without permission of the land owner a crime punishable by up to a year in jail.

  11. YouDidWhatNow? says:

    Don’t see what everyone’s whining about. Obviously it’s all-natural. Like arsenic and uranium.

  12. wren337 says:

    Corporate death penalty. This is Texas right?

  13. backbroken says:

    It’s not hard to clean up blood like that. All you have to do is sprinkle a little cash in the right area and it will be as if that blood never existed.

    • Gman says:

      Sorry i see your spelling mistake there. You meant to say “…sprinkle a little cash in the right area and it will be as if that picture never existed.”

      There fixed it for ya.


  14. mischlep says:

    Meanwhile, Republicans in Florida have introduced a bill that would make taking pictures of farms, ranches, and agricultural sites without permission of the land owner a crime punishable by up to a year in jail.

  15. Gary says:

    The blood leaves the facility, winds it’s way north a bit and enters a nearby river.
    Here’s a close up shot of the blood entering the river, courtesy of Google Earth/Maps.

    Makes me want some bacon

  16. Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

    Shut the business down – harsher punishment for corporations.

  17. Kathlene says:

    Another sign of the coming apocalypse…wait, no…it’s just one of the plagues of Egypt. We should be all right.

  18. Costner says:

    How dare you attack those job creators who are just trying to keep people employed! This is exactly the reason why we should do away with the EPA!


    • HomerSimpson says:

      Brought to you by the Generic GOP Candidate For America Council!

      • INsano says:

        If it weren’t for these kinds of “gotcha” stories, our economy would be shitting diamonds and our creeks would run clear with the tears of all the gainfully employed, washing away the oil, pigs blood and fracking produce from our waterways.

        We wouldn’t even call them waterways, we could just call them “full employmentways”.

  19. dolemite says:

    Darn these government agencies and their job killing regulations. If I were President, I’d get rid of all corporate oversight! I’d go to war with Iran! I’d make all people of color finally get a job! I’d lower taxes on the rich! I’d make sure my religious beliefs influenced my governing!

    Whew, sorry about that – I don’t know what came over me. I’ve seen too many snippets of Republican debates on TV recently I think.

    • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

      I actually would be interested to see all people of color have a job – just to see what would happen.

      • Applekid ‚îÄ‚îÄ‚î¨ Ôªø„Éé( „Çú-„Çú„Éé) says:

        Together, we can all damn those freeloading transparent people

        • Mr. Fix-It says: "Canadian Bacon is best bacon!" says:

          “Seriously though, fuck purple people. Unless they’re choking, in which case, help them for God’s sake!”

          ~ RIP Mitch

  20. Geosama says:

    Sell it to the chinese, it’s a delicacy there (no joke)

    • Cor Aquilonis says:

      Exactly! Why are they throwing away the makings of blood pudding and black sausage? Sell that stuff!

      I also bet it would make awesome fertilizer. High in iron!

      • RvLeshrac says:

        Careful, neither of those foods has anything whatsoever to do with China. You’ll burst his racist bubble!

  21. SPOON - now with Forkin attitude says:

    make the plant manager drink it. for the rest of his life.

  22. Doubting thomas says:

    Have been reading about this in the local news since yesterday. ( pardon me if I repeat something from the article but the video based fox sites are blocked here.)
    This is not just an underground pipe. This is a bypass pipe that was put there specifically to evade the filtered, proper disposal of the waste.

  23. Snaptastic says:

    The streets will flow red with the blood of the nonbelievers!!!


  24. gedster314 says:

    Come on…it’s Texas, they won’t do anything but a small fine. Anything else would be considered a job killer and the plant would move to south of the border. Probably to a location with a creek that flows north.

  25. BorkBorkBork says:

    Reminds me of when I lived in Argentina. I lived in a town with a river much wider than this full of cow’s blood and other chemicals from ‘mataderos’ (slaughterhouses). The stench down wind was bad enough to make you dry heave constantly. It was disgusting.

  26. BrownLeopard says:
  27. FrugalFreak says:

    fells sorry for those not allowed to eat pork but get water from that creek.

    • ducs says:

      Don’t forget that historically, the Trinity River used to have a reputation for being polluted with stuff from the meatpacking industry. The river is also currently a major source of water for the Houston metropolitan area.

  28. bdcw says:

    This isn’t exactly the spilled milk President Obama was talking about last night.

  29. HogwartsProfessor says:


    I kinda wish I wasn’t reading Consumerist at lunch…. :P

  30. Kuri says:

    And this is why regulations exist.

  31. shthar says:

    Well if you people would just eat blood sausage, we wouldn’t have to do this.

  32. luusyphre says:

    At least it wasn’t motor oil

  33. Libertas says:


  34. IraAntelope says:

    Is blood sausage a lost art? why are they wasting all that precious pig blood? sell it!

  35. IraAntelope says:

    next will be a surprise airstrike by an unmanned drone. oops, we were aiming at pakistan!

  36. RiverStyX says:

    Reminds me of that underground river in ghostbusters 2, anyone else remember that shit?