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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Downed Cows in School Lunches?

The Humane Society has done an investigation, and got it on film about nasty abuses at a California slaughterhouse.

A shocking undercover investigation by The Humane Society of the United States reveals widespread mistreatment of "downed" dairy cows—those who are too sick or injured to walk—at a Southern California slaughter plant.

The investigation at the Hallmark Meat Packing Co., of Chino, pulls open a curtain on the scandalous treatment of animals slaughtered to supply the National School Lunch Program and other federal aid programs.

Video evidence obtained by an HSUS investigator shows slaughter plant workers displaying complete disregard for the pain and misery they inflicted as they repeatedly attempted to force "downed" animals onto their feet and into the human food chain.


So, where the hell is the USDA in all this? Typical. I'm sure Bush put some industry hacks in place to "watch" over these companies and look at the result. Nothing surprises me about this miserable failure of President we have.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I agree that this is a miserable failure of a president, but I don't think the USDA is behaving any differently than it usually does. The USDA is not focused on animal welfare. It is focused on keeping the ag industry alive, functioning and making profit. In that case, they will not look at animal welfare unless there is a citizen backlash. Otherwise, it's never been important to them, in my opinion.