No shocker here, expect for everyone with their heads in the sand.
Or blinders on.
Is that you? I hope not.
If it is, have a good honest open look at what our dollars pay for when we choose to eat eggs, dairy, or meat products.
Indeed, Friends. THIS is why we must protect the absolutely necessity of whistle blowers and watch dog organizations, such as The Humane Society of the United States, to document how animals are treated and fight, defeat, repeal, and crush all Ag-Gag legislation and statutes in the United States and anywhere else they pop up. The purpose of Ag-Gag laws is to incite fear in those who would otherwise speak up against criminal acts and safety concerns and prevent law-abiding individuals such as myself from exposing the reality that animals face in modern food production.
Undercover investigation reveals abusive handling and inhumane slaughter
Shrewsbury, N.J. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture reacted strongly to a complaint filed by The Humane Society of the United States, ordering Catelli Bros. of Shrewsbury to suspend its operations on Friday for egregious inhumane handling of calves in violation of federal law. The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service withdrew its federal inspectors, which are required for slaughter operations. The HSUS commended the agency for its enforcement action, and called on USDA to close a loophole in federal policy that allows the slaughter of “downed” veal calves—those too sick or injured to walk on their own—and does not give calves the same protections as adult cattle.
The enforcement action comes after federal officials reviewed a legal complaint and video footage provided by The HSUS showing serious and systematic violations of the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act. The investigation included compelling evidence of:
- Still-conscious calves struggling while hanging upside down on a conveyor belt;
- Calves being shot numerous times before reaching unconsciousness;
- A truck driver dragging a downed calf with a chain around his neck;
- Plant managers twisting downed calves’ ears and tails when they were too exhausted or weak to stand, lifting the entire weight of some calves by their tails, and telling employees never to do the same when USDA inspectors are watching; and
- Employees shocking, hitting, and spraying calves with water.
“Downed calves are still suffering the sort of appalling abuses that we exposed in 2009 at another calf slaughter plant in Vermont,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO for The HSUS. Continue reading