The United States Department of Agriculture's Food Safety Inspection
Service closed a California slaughterhouse on Monday (August 20, 2012) after
receiving undercover video footage of multiple abuses at that facility.
The films were supplied by an animal rights group, Compassion Over
Killing. Their website:
Without further comment, I offer you a look at
the four-minute lowlight reel edited from hours of footage.
Justin DeJong of the Food
Safety Inspection Service issued this statement:
inhumane treatment of animals at slaughter facilities to be unacceptable and
is conducting a thorough investigation into these allegations."
statement by federal authorities is remarkable in that USDA has two
full-time inspectors at that site, Central Valley Meat Company which sells
meat directly to USDA for government subsidized feeding programs.
company statement as reported by Tracie Cone of the Associated Press:
"We were extremely disturbed to be informed by the USDA that... our
plant could not operate based upon a videotape that was provided to the
Department by a third party group that alleged inhumane treatment of animals
on our property.
Tracie Cone's email: