Nipomo man charged with illegal pig butchering
June 22, 2012
Mariscal Amezcua, 62, is a facing five counts of violating the California Food and Agriculture Code.
The former Santa Maria High School government and Mexican traditional dance teacher is accused of not having a license and butchering pigs in unsanitary conditions with dirty tools.
Before 1980, the five-acre ranch was a licensed hog slaughter-house. And even though the license expired, investigators said he continued to sell as many as 48 pigs per month to members of the public who line up to buy pork and pig’s blood.
Unlicensed and not overseen by FDA inspectors, Amezcua dumped portions of the carcasses around his property. The innards and skins either rotted or were eaten by dogs, wild animals, and birds.