Couto says the farm's small staff seemed to prefer these torturous methods of death over more humane ones, describing them as "real violent guys" who would "rather boil an animal alive, or go after it with an axe or sledge hammer." He estimates that around 300 animals, including horses, were being brutally killed at the farm every day, and had been for the past 45 years in secret.
"We are finding out now that they were huge advertisers in Asian papers locally," he said. "They probably did 40 to 50 percent of their business with Asian restaurants in the area, selling meat to them illegally. They slipped through the system because it was legal for them to have animals on site."