Unbelievable Slaughterhouse Cruelty Cancels Meat Contracts

posted by Frank Butterman Food Inspector @ 1:09 AM
August 24, 2012

        Well it has happened again!  Yesterday, live videos taken at a California slaughterhouse on malicious treatment of animals––possibly putting diseased animals into this nation’s food chain––has led to prominent burger chain restaurants canceling contracts with––and the shutdown of––that plant.

An animal welfare group, Compassion Over Killing, presented such view-horror evidence of animal treatment at California’s Central Valley Meat Company that the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service shut the plant down.

Because of possibilities that Central Valley Meat Company is mistreating animals and could be shipping beef from sick animals, In-N-Out Burger fast food restaurant chain immediately broke its contractual ties with the slaughterhouse.  McDonald’s Corporation, Costco, and even USDA, which had a contract to buy meat from the company, also severed purchasing ties with the slaughterhouse.

Tracie Cone of the Associated Press claims:  “The video appears to show workers bungling the slaughter of cows struggling to walk and even stand. Under federal regulations, sick animals cannot be slaughtered for human consumption.

“The USDA said late Tuesday that it found evidence of inhumane practices on the video, but the footage did not indicate beef from sick cattle got into the food system. However, the investigation is continuing.”

An undercover investigator for Compassion Over Killing has video pictures cows lying in pens apparently paralyzed, unable to stand long enough to get out of trailers.  Other footage show female cows with enlarged udders that cannot stand up.  Another shows one cow trembling so hard she also cannot stand.

Compassion Over Killing’s investigator took the film during the time he worked for Central Valley Meat.  AP obtained tapes with many shots where Central Valley workers failed to render animals brain dead after injecting shots to their heads.  One such still-conscious cow is shown “flailing as a conveyor lifts it by one leg for transport to an area where the animals’ throats are slit for blood draining.”

Erica Meier, Executive Director of Compassion Over Killing, told Cone:  “The horror caught on camera is sickening.  It’s alarming that this is not only a USDA-inspected facility but a supplier to the USDA.”

Al Almanza, Administrator of the Food Safety and Inspection Service, told the Associated Press, “We have not substantiated a food safety violation at this time. We are aggressively continuing to investigate the allegations.”  That investigation should determine if meat from the company should be recalled.

A passage in used Christian Bibles reads:  “A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel (Proverbs 12:10).  In this instance, the cruelty is unmerciful animal treatment.  Further wickedness is putting potentially deadly meat from such sick cows on sale to the public.

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