Push to reinstate ban on circus animals performing on Gold Coast City Council-owned properties

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ANDREW POTTS, EXCLUSIVE, Gold Coast Bulletin; September 4, 2016 3:00pm

A CITY hall cage fight is brewing over plans to revive a ban on circuses with exotic animals performing within the city. Fur is expected to fly, with councillors set to defy the recommendations of bureaucrats and vote to ban circus animals on city controlled properties, nearly four years after such a ban was lifted.

A petition calling for the ban will go before the Community and Cultural Development committee on Thursday with council officers recommending that “no action be taken”. But committee head Bob La Castra said the advice was unacceptable and that he could not stand by and do nothing while animals “suffered”.

He urged ratepayers across the city to put pen to paper and lobby their elected representatives before Thursday’s vote.

Cr Bob La Castra is leading the charge to reinstate a ban on circus animals performing on the Gold Coast. Photo: Jerad Williams

“The views of those who believe this to be still acceptable are totally out of line and dated,” he said. “This should not be happening in our own backyard and we need those people who feel strongly about this to make their feelings known, so write to your councillors, speak out about it and fight this barbarity.

“By allowing these circuses on our land we are complicit in what they are doing and banning them would send a message that what they are doing is not right and that we are taking a stand.”

Police and Animal Rights campaigners outside Gold Coast Council Chambers protesting against the circus. Photo by Richard Gosling

If the ban is successful, circuses with exotic animals would still be allowed to perform on private property. A ban was first put into place in 2009 by the council with the backing of then-Mayor Ron Clarke. It was lifted in a January 2013 decision by the council in which Mayor Tom Tate used his casting vote to break a deadlock tie.

The Gold Coast Bulletin understands councillors on each sides of the argument are running the numbers to determine if the ban could potentially pass.

Both sides concede a vote could go either way.

But Southport councillor Dawn Crichlow, an ardent supporter of circuses, said she would fight the ban tooth and nail and declared the opposing argument to be “crap”.

Cr Dawn Crichlow with Massai the Lion. Pic Jono Searle.

“The kids want the circuses and I will fight all the way because it is a matter which is close to my heart and those of many others,” she said. “I am sick of the noisy minority coming up with all this crap. “I cannot believe this women condones & thinks it’s ok for children to see abused & tortured animals, just for their pleasure….condoning this just lets kids think that it is ok to be cruel to animals for the sake of entertainment????   By allowing circuses to carry on using animals is agreeing with the torturous training these poor young animals have to endure. Would it be ok to watch a double human act if you knew that one-half of the act was constantly being physically abused & tortured; just for entertainment???? NO, I DON’T THINK SO!!! ANYONE THAT DOES THINK ITS OK…WELL, I THINK THEY NEED TO BE SEEKING PROFESSIONAL  HELP”

RSCPA chief executive Mark Townend called on the council to “move with the times” and end the mistreatment of exotic animals.

“I would hope the council gets into 2016 thinking because realistically circus animals are very 1970s,” he said. “There are great circus which do not put animals through these ridiculous things which are not in their natural behaviour. “I appeal to the council to move with the times because we can have a successful circus without putting animals through such treachery.”

The petition calling for the ban to be reinstated was submitted to the council in March by then-Robina councillor Jan Grew in the final act of her 22 year political career.

More than 45 councils across Australia have exotic animal bans in place. Both City of Melbourne and Penrith both voted to introduce their own boycotts this year. Protesters are expected to attend Thursday’s council committee meeting and security will be on hand.

News Link: http://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/lifestyle/pets-and-wildlife/push-on-to-reinstate-ban-on-circus-animals-performing-on-gold-coast-city-councilowned-properties/news-story/977c58756cfc65467f2269bf8bac94f3

“See how animals are really trained to perform for your entertainment!! Then ask yourself; is this fair on the animals? Do you enjoy knowing they have been hurt for you entertainment????”

“The Circus, where animals are miserable & go insane; confined to metal cages when not being abused & are trained through fear; fear of being whipped, hit with objects, tied by the neck i.e tortured, etc. etc.”

(Anyone who condones this…will be classed as an animal abuser through my eyes)

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Monstrous children glue puppy’s eyes shut for ‘kicks’

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“Sorry first news story I’ve posted in a very long time due to illness, hopefully as things improve, I will do more posts. Although keeping it pretty basic for now, apologies for any errors, not up to usual standard, still finding it hard!”

“WTF…Just think; these could be the kind of kids that could lead this nation in the centuries to come! Some will no doubt go on to commit more animal abuse, rape, murder etc. as is well documented; those who commit animal abuse as children usually go on to become psychopaths! What makes kids do this? Is it the parents fault or kids getting access to on-line media through gaming etc. that contains sick & downright evil & violent content. I don’t know, but I do know these kids need finding & be told just how wrong animal abuse is. I was sickened at the thought of kids doing this, so I just had to post in-case anyone knows the culprits.!! Link to help Sadie below; praying this little one will not loose her sight!!”

“Evil kids were bored and allegedly glued the puppy’s eyes shut. The damage to her eyesight will be assessed this weekend.  Rescue Dogs Rock NYC”

DESPICABLE ACT OF CRUELTY BY BORED CHILDREN!!

In a disturbing act of animal cruelty, a ten-pound puppy suffered one of the most horrendous acts of torture imaginable. According to Stacey Silverstein, of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, the tiny, ten-month old puppy’s eyes were glued shut. “A group of kids, we are told, glued both of her eyes shut for kicks! This is one of the scariest abuse cases we have seen in a very long time,” stated Stacey.

The egregious act of cruelty occurred in Henderson, North Carolina; the offenders have not yet been identified. Luckily the Friends of Vance County Animal Shelter came to Sadie’s rescue and contacted Rescue Dogs Rock NYC for help. Everyone who has met this little dog, comments about her sweet disposition. Sadie is scheduled to be transported to New York City this weekend where she will be evaluated by veterinarian specialists and treated appropriately. Follow her progress on the organization’s Facebook; or click link below.

Research has consistently shown that children’s acts of animal abuse closely correlates with bullying, corporal punishment, school shootings, sexual abuse, and developmental psychopathic behaviors. Animal abuse can be an indicator and a predictor of other violent acts. Parents in the Henderson area are being asked to carefully watch their pets and their children.

“We can only hope these children are caught and punished quickly! What will they do next time they are bored? Sounds like some future serial killers in the making! Top three warning signs for parents: bed wetting, starting fires and torturing animals,”

Stacey explained. If anyone has any information about this heinous crime, you are asked to call authorities. (sorry doesn’t give a number but if you know or suspect anything, I suggest contacting those that rescued Sadie)” Information will be kept confidential. Help Sadie find justice.

Please help with Sadie’s medical expenses by clicking here.

News Link:-http://www.examiner.com/article/monstrous-children-glue-puppy-s-eyes-shut-for-kicks

Stiff Sentence Imposed For Man Who Abused Pug

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I would hardly call this a stiff sentence, but it’s a start if jail hasn’t been given before...the maximum sentence for animal cruelty is now set at five years…yet this heinous crime only warranted six months prison for Laberge? My god, I dread to think what one has to do to warrant the maximum five years; if these dogs had died from their wounds I doubt it would have been five years. Surely this heartless monster deserved, at the very minimum, one year in jail, along with a life long ban on owning any animals.

MONTREAL—Last August, Geoffrey Laberge’s neighbours heard the sounds of dogs being beaten and abused.

On Friday, a Quebec judge handed Laberge the stiffest sentence ever meted out for animal cruelty in the province.

When police arrived at the corner of Pie-IX and 55th Avenue in 2011, they found one of Laberge’s dogs covered in blood. The three-year-old pug had been stabbed multiple times, beaten with a lead pipe and shards of ceramic were poking through her fur.

This pug-mix suffered trauma to the head, including a number of stab wounds, shards from a broken ceramic plate, and being beaten by an iron pipe.

Laberge, 37, will now spend six months in jail after he pleaded guilty to five counts of animal cruelty. Both the defence and crown recommended a sentence that also forbids him from owning an animal for the next quarter century.

Up until Friday there really was no deterrent effect,” said Alanna Devine, the SPCA’s director of animal advocacy. “Even in egregious cases of animal cruelty when people were found guilty and being sentenced, they  weren’t getting jail time.”

Both dogs have since made a full recovery and have been adopted by new homes. The story of Roo, the abused pug, stood out for Devine.

“It’s difficult for us to not get emotional,” said Devine, who was present when the dog was brought to the SPCA. “One of the dogs was in such a critical state that we felt she needed emergency treatment.”

Roo was rushed to an animal hospital in Notre-Dame-de-Grace where veterinarians were not sure if the dog would survive the night. Devine credited the cooperation of the Montreal police, SPCA and first responders for helping save the dog.

After an amendment to the criminal code in 2008, the maximum sentence for animal cruelty is now set at five years. Devine would like to see the maximum sentence imposed in more egregious cases.

Quebec has had a spotty past prosecuting animal cruelty, with a US-based animal rights group ranking the province the best place to abuse animals for 2010 and 2011.

“This is going to have a deterrent effect going forward that the judicial system in Quebec is starting to take animal cruelty seriously,” said Devine.

Video & News Linkhttp://montreal.ctvnews.ca/stiff-sentence-imposed-for-man-who-abused-pug-1.1014317#ixzz2AhL4YsnJ

Bears skipping, lions walking on balls and monkeys riding a bike: Inside the park where animals train to ‘entertain’ the public

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(Apologies this is a late post, problems with alignment of wording at end of document, I do hope you can make out what is said. I have tried everything I know to fix it, don’t know why it’s only that segments….strange gremlins in the works…lol)

This is the place that fuels China‘s appetite for watching wild animals perform.

At the Niao Yu Lin Park in Harbin, capital of the north-eastern Heilongjiang Province, animals are trained in horrific conditions to do tricks ahead of China’s Mid-autumn Festival and National Day.

The park’s ‘entertainment’ programs include bear rope skipping, dogs jumping through hoops, ball walking for lions and bike riding for monkeys.

On stage: A lion being trained in a cage at the Niao Yu Lin Park in Harbin, capital of northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province

Zoos and circuses that features stunts involving animals are widely popular across China.

But campaigners have warned thousands of animals are routinely beaten and abused to make shows happen.

The park’s ‘entertainment’ programs include bear rope skipping, dogs jumping through hoops, ball walking for lions and bike riding for monkeys

Charity workers claim bears are whipped and beaten with sticks, elephants are prodded with metal hooks, while tigers and lions are made to endure chronic pain by being defanged and declawed.

The Animal Asia Foundation said: ‘The combined aspects of performances, abusive training methods and inadequate housing conditions are causing severe animal suffering for many thousands of performing animals across China.’

A report by Animal Asia Foundation said: ‘The combined aspects of performances, abusive training methods and inadequate housing conditions are causing severe animal suffering for many thousands of performing animals across China.’

A report by the Animal Asia Foundation said thousands of animals are made to perform in Chinese zoos

Animal Shows Banned In China Zoos

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China bans animal shows at zoos. The new act also forbids cooking animal meat in animal zoos.

Call for law to protect animal welfare From animal Asia website.

28 October 2010: Animals Asia congratulates the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development for issuing a directive (26 October 2010) on the management of zoos in China. This directive calls for zoos to:

  • end the use of animals in abusive performances
  • forbid the sale of endangered species products
  • end the sale of wildlife meat at zoo restaurants.
  • provide good quality, sufficient and suitable food to all animals
  • improve housing conditions to create safe housing which provides for the animals’ behavioural needs
  • construct veterinary hospitals and adopt necessary disease prevention and treatment measures

This directive follows a statement released by the State Forestry Administration on 30 July calling for wild animal facilities to inspect and rectify actions which are causing animal suffering and to improve the management of captive animal facilities for the benefit of animal welfare. For more details of this statement please click here:

“We are now at 2012…what happened, how much more time do they need? It is clear, that animals are still being forced to perform degrading acts that are detrimental to their health! We know that animals suffer, yet zoo owners clearly have a market that makes money out of using animals & they aren’t going to stop, until they are forced to! Those at the park, in the video, think it would be wrong to stop the animals performing, they want their children to see animals performing , its their culture, tradition etc”.

“But what they don’t see is the physical & mental abuse that those animals have to go through, to perform those acts! China & Hong Kong are at the forefront of modern day technology etc. So why are they so behind on animal law…do animals really mean so little?”

“I know of no other animal parks, where the public can pay to see an animal ripped apart & eaten live, than in China.  Yet it’s like a normal family day out…go to a wildlife park, pay to board a bus, then be driven amongst a bunch of hungry lions & watch.  A little dumper truck comes along & tips out a live calf; for the lions to feed on!  Come on, how morbid is that? Yet it’s done, the whole family watch’s, including small children, who are lifted our of their seats to see… as can be seen on You Tube videos”.

“If you are an animal lover, it’s upsetting to see any animal fight for their life, like on (National Geographic Wild)…but that is nature, in the wild, it’s eat or be eaten! To purposefully pay to see an innocent animal ripped apart & eaten, with no chance of getting away..is not what I would call a family day out…like the following:-

Vidoe:-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmHNY3DPoyQ&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNV8h_PR11M&feature=related

Video:-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hju3U5TpQq8&feature=related

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x8utu3_china-zoo-feeding-one-animal-to-ano_news

Video:-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGO-5oiMrHc

Video:-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jz1Dut8Ysc&feature=related

(Apologies about the sentences below missing off a last letter etc. Tried all sorts but can’t get it right)

BEIJING – Activists are seeking the prompt introduction of legislation to protect animals in a bid to stamp out increasing abuse, such as the slaughter of strays and live shows at zoos.

The first comprehensive law to address animal welfare was expected to be submitted to the country’s legislature in 2009, but “there is still no clear timetable for legislation“, Chang Jiwen,  alaw professor at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, who led the drafting team, told China Daily.

The Law on Protection of Wild Animals is the only existing animal law in the country which prohibits trafficking and abuse. It, however, fails to protect animals already in captivity.

Meanwhile, a growing number of cases of animal abuse are being reported.

A group of Web users, who formed a chat group “cat tortures”, constantly posted on-line pictures of cats being killed or suffering cruelty.

The group allegedly threatened to kill more than 1,000 cats on Christmas Eve across the country in what they described as an act paying tribute to the group’s founder.

“So far, the group has not posted new photos of killing cats on line, but animal lovers are trying every means to find the cat abusers to stop them,” an animal activist in Beijing, who identified herself as Xiaomiao, told China Daily.

Animal rights groups said that the rising number of abuses stemmed from public indifference.

The lack of public awareness is part of the reason why a comprehensive animal protection law has not been enacted, said Cai Chunhong, a Beijing lawyer.

Without strong public endorsement the legislature will not put legislation on the table,” she said.

“Although awareness of animal welfare is rising thanks to growing pet ownership in recent years, animal lovers are still a minority,” she said.

If a comprehensive law takes time to be drafted, introduced and passed, then specific laws or regulations to punish animal abuse should fill the vacuum, Cai said.

These laws could help regulate zoos, where abuse is common.

Live animal performances often involve acts of cruelty at zoos and wildlife parks, despite a government ban, Mang Ping, a professor at the Central Institute of Socialism, said.

Mang, an animal rights activist, based her conclusion on a study of animal welfare in zoos over the past 15 years.

The survey, China Zoo Watch, covered 21 zoos and wildlife parks in cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Shenzhen.

“More than 95 percent of wildlife parks and 50 percent of zoos surveyed are making profits by increasing animal performances and those animals are treated poorly,” she said.

A ban on animal shows issued by central authorities came shortly after 11 Siberian tigers at a north east wildlife zoo in Shenyang, capital of Liaoning province, were starved to death in 2010. A panda was also killed in 2010 by poisonous gas being used to disinfect a nearby air raid shelter in a zoo in Jinan, East China’s Shandong province.

“Obviously the ban is poorly implemented due to the lack of harsh punishment,” Mang said.

In Beijing, animal performances, such as jumping through fiery hoops, were a growing feature in some zoos, according to Guo Geng, vice-director of Beijing Elk Ecology Research Center and a local political adviser.

“In order to maximize profit most performance programs involve cruelty,” said Guo, who filed a proposal to ban animal performances in Beijing zoos in December.

Guo called for the Beijing government to step up efforts to ensure animal welfare by holding zoo owners accountable.

Authorities encouraged zoos to make money to be financially self sufficient. That prompted many zoos to promote animal performances.

Statistics from the Chinese Association of Zoological Gardens showed that the country now has more than 200 zoos.

More than 30 of the zoos are designated wildlife parks, three times the number in the United States and five times that of Japan, according to Mang’s survey.

“Entertainment and profit are always priorities for zoo owners. But when animal trainers torture animals in front of audiences the zoo can never full fill its role to educate people to protect animals,” she said.

China should learn from other countries, she said.

For instance, Toronto council voted in October to move three African elephants in the zoo to California where the climate would be better for them.

News Link:http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-01/05/content_14382402.htm

Petition:http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-the-abuse-in-chinese-zoos

http://english.savechinastigers.org/node/377

Animals torn apart at zoo:-http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-506153/Animals-torn-pieces-lions-baying-crowds-spectator-sport-China-DOESNT-want-see.html

Accused dog beater held on $3,500 bond after surveillance video shows attack on pit-bull mix COMMENTS PLEASE

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Brian Freeman appears in Manhattan Criminal Court on Sept. 11, 2012. He’s charged with kicking a pit bull in the elevator of the Wagner Houses on August 26. Police surveillance video showed the attack, but Freeman’s lawyer claims that the attacker’s identity is not clear.

A Bronx man accused of viciously kicking a pit-bull in a Harlem elevator was held Tuesday in lieu of $3,500 bond.

Brian Freeman, 28, was caught on surveillance tape at the Wagner Houses on E. 120th St. on Aug. 26, leading the cowering pooch into the lift, then repeatedly kicking and punching the poor pup, prosecutors said.

Freeman’s father-in-law took the dog — a tan-and-white pitt-bull mix named Hazel — to an area animal shelter for treatment after the elevator beat-down, prosecutors said.

A rep for New York City Animal Care and Control said Hazel was doing “okay” Tuesday, but offered no additional details about her health.

Freeman, who was arrested yesterday on unrelated marijuana possession charges, was charged with one count of torturing an animal.

The video shows the “dog cower on the elevator floor and move around as if said dog was experiencing substantial pain,” according to the complaint.

Freeman’s lawyer said it’s impossible to determine who the attacker is based solely on the video. — Janon Fisher

News Link:- http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/accused-dog-beater-held-3-500-bond-surveillance-video-shows-attack-pit-bull-mix-article-1.1156776#ixzz26ac6AjXR

PLEASE USE VIEWER DISCRETION

 DO YOU THINK THIS MAN IS THE ACCUSED??

IF SO, WHAT SHOULD HIS PUNISHMENT BE???

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Brockton police seize 10 pit bulls they say were mistreated

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BROCKTON — Animal cruelty charges will be lodged against a city resident after authorities seized 10 pit bulls from a Cairn Road home this week, police said.

The pit bulls – a mother dog and her nine puppies – were removed from 73 Cairn Road on the city’s East Side after police received a call at 5:19 p.m. Sunday reporting animal cruelty.

The caller told police the mother dog was being beaten and mistreated and “yelping in pain,” according to police reports.

Richardson denies the dogs were mistreated.

When officers arrived, they found the dogs in the back yard contained in a small dog cage, said Lt. Paul Bonanca. Police said the dogs were malnourished.

“There’s going to be charges of animal cruelty,” Bonanca said Tuesday.

A witness told The Enterprise on Tuesday the dog could be heard in the backyard “screeching” in pain in recent days, including during the torrential rain on Friday.

The witness said the dog owner was overheard saying he was going to kill the dog and bury it in the backyard. The dog owner was seen digging a hole in his yard, the witness said.

At 73 Cairn Road on Tuesday afternoon, an empty dog pen surrounded by a chain-link fence could be seen in the backyard. Other debris was strewn around the gray-colored, single-family home in a quiet residential neighborhood.

Hakeem Richardson, 22, the owner, denied abusing his dogs.

In an interview with The Enterprise, he said the female blue-nosed pit bill, which is almost 3 years old, got stuck under the kennel fence in the backyard, police were called, they removed the dog from the fence and took her and the puppies.

She is unregistered, he said.

Richardson also said he had just sprayed the house for fleas so he put the dogs in the backyard for three hours until it was safe for them to go back in.

All 10 dogs are being cared for at Brockton Animal Control on Court Street.

Animal Control Officer Darren Hand said an animal cruelty investigation is ongoing. He declined further comment on Tuesday.

News Link:- http://www.enterprisenews.com/answerbook/brockton/x186673715/Brockton-police-seize-10-mistreated-pit-bulls-plan-animal-cruelty-charges#ixzz23dlSkPBe

Abused Brockton pit bull euthanized

BROCKTON — Eliza, one of three pit bulls rescued from squalor and starvation last month, has been euthanized.

Jeni Mather, founder of the Brockton Blue Dog Shelter, said she and dog trainers and volunteers worked with the abused dog for a month, but he did not show any progress in learning to trust humans and was deemed too much of a threat. For the public’s safety, she said, the dog was euthanized on Wednesday morning.

Darren Hand, of Brockton Animal Control, works to catch the last of four pit bulls, three living and one deceased, from 1007 Montello St. in Brockton on Sunday, July 1, 2012.

“It was really, really difficult for everyone,” she said. “He practiced being aggressive and dangerous for a long time and it’s disturbing that someone did this to him.”

Mather has set up a fund to help two other pit bulls – Sadie and Blue – that were rescued from a Brockton apartment house July 1 after being left outside with no water or food as temperatures reached 91 degrees. A fourth pitbull died outside the building.

Animal Control officials and police arrived at 1007 Montello St. and found the dogs in a feces-filled backyard.

Days later, officials deemed the dogs too aggressive and said the three surviving pit bulls would be destroyed. But a public outcry to save the animals won over Mather, who is now caring for and rehabilitating Blue and Sadie. The dogs “have come a long way,” she said.

Read more of this story :http://www.enterprisenews.com/answerbook/brockton/x356062684/Abused-Brockton-pit-bull-euthanized

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Revealed: Shocking undercover video captures inhumane butchering of cattle at slaughterhouse for US burger chain

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  • Slaughterhouse of Central Valley Meat Co. supplied meat to the popular In-N-Out Burger chain and for the National School Lunch Program
  • Shows cows who were still alive after being shot in the head then being suffocated by workers who stand on their mouths and nostrils preventing the cows from breathing
  • Most of the animals slaughtered by CVM are ‘spent’ dairy cows who are no longer economically viable as milk-producers to the dairy industry
  • USDA regulators who shut down the slaughterhouse after viewing the animal welfare video are investigating whether beef from sick cows reached the human food supply

Horrifying undercover footage from inside a Californian slaughterhouse shows incompetent workers standing on the mouth and nostrils of a cow to suffocate it after failing to kill the animal with a bolt-gun.

A cow which is still alive is suffocated by a worker who stands on its mouth and nostril after a pneumatic bolt gun failed to kill it

The shocking video, which allegedly demonstrates rampant animal abuse and suffering from inside Central Valley Meat Co., has led the the U.S. Department of Agriculture to shut down the slaughterhouse which was a major supplier of their National School Lunch Program and In-N-Out Burger.

The sad film produced by animal rights group Compassion Over Killing reveals how already sick cows are stunned when they are unable to walk to their deaths and shows how they are hoisted up by their legs onto conveyor-belts even if the bolt-gun has failed to kill the animal.

Most of the animals slaughtered by CVM are ‘spent’ dairy cows who are no longer economically viable as milk-producers to the dairy industry.

A cow starts throwing up after a pneumatic bolt gun fails to kill it as it is transported along a conveyor belt in a slaughterhouse

And now USDA regulators who shut down the slaughterhouse after viewing the animal welfare video are investigating whether beef from sick cows reached the human food supply.

The investigation will determine whether sick cows were slaughtered and whether meat products from the company should be recalled, said Justin DeJong, a spokesman for the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service.

There is no indication any of the cows slaughtered at the Central Valley Meat plant were diseased and the USDA did not order a recall of beef coming from the plant.

A spokesman for In-N-Out Burger said that CVM provided between 20 to 30 percent of the meat used by their restaurants and that it canceled its contract immediately.

The west cost burger chain has a loyal following and is regulalry patronised by Hollywood celebrities such as the soccer player David Beckham.

Another cow bleeds profusely from its nose after a bolt gun fails to kill it at Central Valley Meat Co. in California

On the firm’s website the chain claims to make its own hamburger patties ‘using premium cattle selected especially for In-N-Out Burger’, and says it pays ‘a premium’ for this.

In a statement to ABC News, the company’s chief operating officer, Mark Taylor said, ‘In-N-Out Burger would never condone the inhumane treatment of animals, and, in fact, all of our suppliers must agree to abide by our strict standards for the humane treatment of cattle.’

The agency suspended operations Monday at Central Valley Meat Co. in Hanford after receiving the video Friday from the animal welfare group Compassion Over Killing (COK).

The footage shows animals bleeding and thrashing after being repeatedly shot in the head with a pneumatic gun in unsuccessful efforts to kill them for slaughter.

Federal regulations say that to avoid unnecessary suffering during slaughter, animals must be rendered unconscious by a single shot to the head from a pneumatic gun that fires a bolt through the skull to pierce the brain.

A worker stuns a cow that cannot stand at Central Valley Meat Co. in California

The USDA said investigators are trying to determine whether the cows in the video were just lame or sick, which would render them unfit for human consumption.

‘That’s the main issue right now,’ said DeJong of the USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service.

Central Valley Meat Co., owned by Brian and Lawrence Coelho, declined to comment on the video, saying company officials had not seen it.

‘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,’ said a company statement.

Brian Coelho added, ‘Our company seeks not just to meet federal humane handling regulations, but exceed them.’

Terrified cows are herded along a narrow gangway as they make their way to their slaughter at Central Valley Meat Co. in California

The video taken by an undercover investigator for Compassion Over Killing also shows cattle lying in pens unable to move, and at least one unable to stand to leave a stock transportation trailer.

Some clips show cattle with swollen udders that are unable to keep their legs under them.

Other footage shows a downed cow trembling and unable to stand even as workers try to pull her up by the tail.

Within hours of seeing the video, the USDA’s Office of Inspector General sent investigators who found evidence of ‘egregious inhumane handling and treatment of livestock.’

The possibility that animals were being inhumanely treated caused officials to shut down the plant while the investigation unfolds.

The USDA had at least two inspectors stationed at the site, and federal officials, when asked whether there was evidence the inspectors had neglected their duties, said the investigation is ongoing.

The USDA received hours of videotape from the Washington D.C.-based animal welfare group, which said its undercover investigator was employed by the slaughterhouse and made the video over a two-week period in June and early July.

In the four minute video compiled by the animal rights group various abuses towards the cows are witnessed.

A worker applies a pneumatic bolt gun to the head of a cow in an attempt to kill him

One worker appears to be suffocating a cow by standing on its muzzle after a gun that injects a bolt into the animal’s head had failed to kill it.

In another clip, a cow is still conscious and flailing as a conveyor lifts it by one leg for transport to an area where the animals’ throats are slit for blood draining.

‘The horror caught on camera is sickening,’ said Erica Meier, executive director of Compassion Over Killing.

‘It’s alarming that this is not only a USDA-inspected facility but a supplier to the USDA.’

Online USDA records show the company has contracted to sell ground beef to USDA food programs.

‘It’s a good sign that the USDA is taking this seriously, but I want to see what comes next,’ said Meier of Compassion Over Killing, adding the video will be posted on the organization’s website.

After viewing the video, famed Californian fast-food firm In-N-Out Burger immediately severed their ties with CVM.

The case is reminiscent of a 2008 undercover operation by the Humane Society of the United States at the Hallmark slaughter plant in Chino that led to the largest-ever recall of beef and the conviction of two people found to have treated cows cruelly. In that case, video showed downed cows being prodded with a folk lift.

News Link:– http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2191813/Revealed-Shocking-undercover-video-captures-inhumane-butchering-cattle-slaughterhouse-In-N-Out-Burger-chain.html#ixzz24PDiZiv0

GRAPHIC CONTENT: Inhumane butchering of cattle at US slaughterhouse 

Published on 21 Aug 2012 by 

Learn more and take action now: http://COK.net/californiacows — in response to COK’s investigation, USDA shut down this facility and In-N-Out Burger has severed ties with Central Valley Meat.

Aug. 21, 2012: An undercover video, filmed by a Compassion Over Killing investigator, exposes rampant animal abuse and suffering inside Central Valley Meat Co. (CVM), a slaughterhouse in Hanford, California. CVM is a major supplier to the USDA’s National School Lunch Program and other federal food initiatives.

Like all federally inspected slaughterhouses, CVM is required to comply with federal animal welfare requirements as well as California’s animal protection laws. However, COK’s whistleblowing video uncovers acts of cruelty that appear to violate both state and federal laws.

After viewing the footage, the USDA shut down the facility, citing “egregious inhumane handling and treatment of livestock.”

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