Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 12:35 am Post subject: Humane Society Undercover Investigation Video
The US Department of Agriculture has issued the largest recall of beef in US history, the latest action in response to The Humane Society of the United States’ groundbreaking undercover investigation of a dairy cow slaughter plant in Southern California.
The recall of 143 million pounds of beef came two days after San Bernardino County District Attorney, Michael Ramos, filed criminal charges against slaughter plant workers caught on video torturing crippled cattle, and two weeks after the USDA shut down that slaughter plant.
The undercover investigation by HSI revealed shocking abuses of "downed" dairy cows - those cows which are too sick or injured to walk - at the Hallmark Meat Packing Company slaughter plant. Cows too weak to stand were dragged along the ground, shocked with electric prods, rammed with forklifts, and even forced to endure water being forced into their noses and throats - an act right out of the manual on water boarding.
Please watch the investigative video and then take action to stop this cruelty from happening again. Urge the USDA to tighten its lax enforcement of the downer rule and to close the rule's loophole so that cows who are obviously in no shape to walk are not brought to slaugherhouses in the first place and then abused once they are there.
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