What’s worse is that Central Valley Meat Company in Hanford, CA didn’t even follow those rules.
The meat from these tortured cows is then sold to places like Costco, In-N-Out Burger and Macdonalds, among other places. From a NYT writeup on these sick, soulless bastards:
Federal authorities have shut down a California slaughterhouse for investigation after an animal protection charity secretly filmed cows being electrically shocked, shot in the head, suffocated and undergoing other abuses.
The videos were filmed with a hidden camera by an investigator for the charity, Compassion Over Killing, who worked undercover at the Central Valley Meat Company in Hanford, Calif., from June 18 through July 2, the charity said. The investigator worked in the yard, then on the slaughter line, during that period, Erica Meier, the executive director for the charity group, said in an interview.
Raw footage was handed over to United States Department of Agriculture officials last Friday. Its Food Safety and Inspection Service said in a statement this week that it had received “disturbing evidence of inhumane treatment of cattle” at the meat company and suspended the work of inspectors there on Aug. 19, effectively forcing the plant to halt its slaughtering operations.
The U.S.D.A. statement continued:
Based on the videotape, in at least four instances, plant employees are observed excessively prodding cattle with an electric device, pulling their tails, or forcibly attempting to make cattle rise from a recumbent position. All actions are considered egregious humane handling violations or in regulatory noncompliance.
“Our top priority is to ensure the safety of the food Americans feed their families,” said Al Almanza, F.S.I.S. administrator. “We have reviewed the video and determined that, while some of the footage provided shows unacceptable treatment of cattle, it does not show anything that would compromise food safety. Therefore, we have not substantiated a food safety violation at this time. We are aggressively continuing to investigate the allegations.”
U.S.D.A. food safety regulations state that, if an animal is non-ambulatory disabled at any time prior to slaughter, it must be condemned promptly, humanely euthanized, and properly discarded so that it does not enter the food supply.
While the decision affected companies and government programs, the U.S.D.A. said it did not issue a recall of any meat processed there. The slaughterhouse supplied about 21 million pounds of meat to the National School Lunch Program and other federal food initiatives in the year ending in September. One of its smaller buyers, the hamburger chain, In-N-Out Burger, said it stopped using the company as a supplier.
The video below part of what the USDA saw. It made me physically sick, enough that I threw up before being able to watch the entire four minute video.
Compassion Over Killing, otherwise known as COK took the video, which it supplied to the USDA. From their website, a description of what they witnessed and filmed, for those of you that can’t or won’t watch the video:
The video, filmed by a COK investigator who worked at the facility in June and July 2012, documents egregious inhumane treatment, improper slaughter methods, and intentional cruelty forced upon these animals in the last moments of their lives:
- Downed cows, unable to walk to the kill floor, shot in the head two, three, even four times, and workers often walking away while the animal continues to struggle and kick.
- Some downed cows who were still alive after being shot in the head were then suffocated by workers who stood on their mouths and nostrils preventing the cows from breathing.
- Cows being tortured – repeatedly hit, jabbed, electrically shocked, and sprayed with hot water – in a narrow chute leading to the kill floor. One cow was electrically shocked over 40 times.
- Sick or injured cows repeatedly being shocked and workers pulling or lifting them by their tails in an attempt to force them to stand and walk.
- Improper stunning of animals prior to slaughter – many cows were thrashing, kicking, and clearly breathing after being shot in the head. Yet these animals are moved through the slaughter process onto a conveyor belt and then hoisted upside-down by one leg.
Sadly, such abuses are not isolated incidents. Numerous undercover investigations inside slaughterhouses throughout the U.S. reveal that animal cruelty is standard practice in the meat industry. More than 9 billion animals – birds, pigs, and cows – are raised and killed for food each year in the U.S. The most effective way each of us can help end these abuses is to simply leave animals off our plates. Start today: visit TryVeg.com.
I am a meat-eater. But after watching how my hamburger, steaks, etc is treated before it gets to my plate is more than I can bear. I haven’t been able to eat any type of meat since I watched the video above, because I already know they do inhumane things to chickens prior to killing them for our dinner plates, based on videos I have seen in the past.
What I would like to know is how the humans who did this to these animals could sleep at night. Because I sure as fuck couldn’t. How any human could treat an animal like that..day after day…and get paid for it as well..it just blows my mind.
I am not trying to turn anyone into a vegan, I just want you informed on how and what happens to the animals that are killed for our consumption.
Because this slaughterhouse was picked at random folks. There were no charges or allegations of abuse, the Central Valley slaughterhouse was merely hiring workers and the animal rights group sent someone in who applied for a job…knowing the odds that they would most likely uncover some type of abuse.
From the NTY writeup again:
Ms. Meier of the animal rights charity said the slaughterhouse was chosen randomly, although such undercover work starts with the expectation that the investigators are going to see cruelty. “We had no prior knowledge of specific violations or suspicions. The facility was hiring and our investigator applied for a job.”
Because its that fucking prevalent in the slaughtering business.