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:

"USDA considers inhumane treatment of animals at slaughter facilities to be unacceptable and is conducting a thorough investigation into these allegations."

That 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.

The 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:

Robert Cohen

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