GRAPHIC VIDEO: COK Investigation Reveals Shocking Abuse to Calves : Drop Animal Cruelty Charges : Petitions to sign

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“These are not sacks of potatoes, they are living breathing sentient animals; babies who feel pain! I am shocked & disgusted at the cruelty & callousness of the workers; I am so pleased they have been charged with animal abuse & fired from their jobs. However, I fear those who take over their positions may treat the babies in exactly the same manner! Please sign the petition below to withdraw charges against the whistle-blower; whom I have so much admiration for!! What normal feeling person could watch this horrific abuse & keep quiet about it??”

In 2013, a COK undercover investigator worked inside Quanah Cattle Co. (QCC), an animal agribusiness company in Kersey, Colorado that purchases newborn calves from surrounding dairy factories and temporarily confines them before shipping them out to be raised for their meat.

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Just days old, many of these calves – some of whom still have their umbilical cords hanging from their bodies – are too feeble or frightened to walk steadily.  As our footage shows, in the process of being moved on and off trucks, these fragile animals are violently dragged by their legs, pulled by their ears, lifted by their tails, kicked, thrown, slammed, and flipped.

Animal handling expert Dr. Temple Grandin of Colorado State University decried the cruelty seen in our video, calling it “severe abuse” and “not acceptable” while further noting that “If this facility had been a slaughter plant, the USDA would have shut them down.”

The cruelty to calves uncovered in this investigation was so shocking and violent that COK turned evidence over to local authorities, and we are now working with them on this case.

The Dairy Industry:  Most of the dairy calves purchased by QCC are male – they’re considered unwanted industry byproducts since they’re unable to produce milk. After being trucked in and unloaded at QCC, they’ll be confined in crates or hutches for around a week and then loaded back on trucks to be shipped out, sold, and raised for their meat. Marketed as veal or beef, depending on their age when slaughtered, these young animals are the often forgotten victims of the dairy industry. Read more.

Important Update: On Nov. 20, 2013, the Weld County Sheriff’s Office retaliated against the courageous whistleblower who uncovered and reported the callous abuse of newborn calves – they’re alleging that she broke the law.  What is her alleged “crime”? Witnessing and reporting animal abuse – in other words, she’s being punished for telling the truth about the cruelty that happened at Quanah.  Watch this report on Fox-31 in Denver.

Let’s be clear:  Witnessing – and exposing – animal abuse is not a crime!

Here’s what happened: After meticulously and extensively researching the law and reviewing all of the damning evidence of routine animal cruelty at Quanah, we presented a strong case to authorities revealing illegal activities that would have otherwise continued unabated. This evidence led to charges being brought against three employees who participated in the violence against calves – violence that includes dragging these young animals by their ears and legs as well as lifting them by their tails.

If COK’s investigator hadn’t blown the whistle, these abuses would likely still be occurring right now. 

The charge against our investigator is unsupported by the law, and it reeks of political motivation fueled by an agribusiness industry that continues to lash out in desperation aiming to stop undercover investigators from exposing the truth.

Please donate now to help fight this baseless accusation and to show your support for all of our brave undercover investigators who expose animal cruelty.

Be sure to also share this powerful whistleblower video – it uncovers exactly what the industry doesn’t want Americans to see: the truth.

The suffering endured by animals behind the closed doors of the meat, egg, and dairy industries is too immense for us to be deterred by this transparent attempt to silence us. With you at our side, we will continue to shine a bright light on hidden horrors of animal agribusiness.

Nov. 15 Case Updates: The Weld County Sheriff’s Office filed criminal charges of cruelty to animals against three alleged animal abusers at Quanah Cattle Co.. The company also announced that it has fired the three individuals who our undercover investigator caught on film mistreating these animals.

News Link:http://www.cok.net/inv/quanah/#

Compassion Over Killing:-

Working to end animal abuse since 1995, Compassion Over Killing exposes cruelty to farmed animals and promotes vegetarian eating as a way to build a kinder world.

Petition by Abby Spiwak Denver, CO

I live in Colorado, and I recently heard about Taylor Radig who was working as an undercover investigator to document cruelty at Quanah Cattle Company. She filmed calves being thrown and kicked around and dragged by their ears, tails, and legs.

Because of her bravery, 3 workers were charged with animal cruelty on November 15. But a week later, Taylor was also charged with animal cruelty!

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Respected animal welfare expert Dr. Temple Grandin of Colorado State University saw this footage and used terms like “rough,” “not acceptable,” and “severe abuse” to describe what was going on. So why is the woman who blew the whistle on this cruelty herself being charged with animal cruelty? It makes no sense. Witnessing and reporting animal abuse is not a crime.

The group Taylor was trying to help is called Compassion Over Killing. Does anyone actually think it’s a good use of taxpayer dollars and the time of our public officials to treat Taylor like a criminal who committed an act of animal cruelty? Does anyone think she had anything but kindness in her heart when she set out to document these cruel acts?

Please sign my petition asking Colorado officials including District Attorney Ken Buck to drop the animal cruelty charge against Taylor.

Petition link:http://www.change.org/petitions/drop-animal-cruelty-charge-against-undercover-investigator-in-colorado

 

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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.”

Animal rights group reaches settlement with now defunct Live Oak hatchery

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LIVE OAK – A Washington-based animal rights group has reached a settlement with the now-defunct Cal-Cruz Hatcheries of Live Oak in a lawsuit alleging widespread animal abuse and neglect.

The hatchery, which processed millions of chickens and ducks each year, is no longer in operation and its representatives have agreed to no longer own or have custody of any animal that’s not a pet.

Compassion Over Killing, represented by the Animal Legal Defense Fund, filed a suit against Cal-Cruz in January, arguing the hatchery was violating California Business and Professions Code by practicing unlawful animal cruelty. The allegations stemmed from an investigation in 2009 in which an employee of Compassion over Killing secretly documented the treatment of chickens and ducks with a hidden video camera.

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That footage was turned over to county Animal Services officials, who conducted their own investigation and gave their findings to the Santa Cruz District Attorney’s Office. The DA’s office declined to file charges, saying at the time that while it shared the public’s revulsion at the abuse of animals, there wasn’t enough evidence to build a criminal case against Cal-Cruz specifically.

Compassion Over Killing turned to the civil court, reaching a settlement Monday with Cal-Cruz and owner Brian Collins in what the nonprofit animal advocacy group calls the “first time allegations of animal cruelty were successfully resolved using this civil law.” The organization’s suit claimed that Collins and the hatchery were using unlawful business practices that unfairly harmed competition in the poultry industry.

Among other complaints, Compassion Over Killing claimed Cal-Cruz employees were “operating heavy machinery in a manner that regularly mutilates hatchlings,” that they drowned baby birds in buckets of waste and threw hatchlings several feet into trash bins where they remained for several hours.

Read the rest of this news:-http://www.contracostatimes.com/california/ci_20842303/animal-rights-group-reaches-settlement-now-defunct-live

World’s most abused animal: Why the egg bill isn’t a win for hens

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“Very interesting, I suggest you read the rest of this article at the link below!”

The great thing about keeping chickens intensely confined in barren battery cages is that once the super bird flu we are breeding in these facilities wipes out much of our population, the rest of us will have all the cheap eggs our cholesterol-loving hearts can scramble.

Am I really willing to pay about a cent more per egg to allow the 200 million or so egg-laying machines have a bit more space, a few perches, some torn newspaper to scratch at and pseudo-private areas?

If the Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2012 passes, the egg industry will have 18 years to comply with new federal regulations – under the watchful eye of the notoriously industry-friendly USDA – that require hens that now live their entire lives jailed behind metal cages with little more space than a piece of paper be given a bit more wing room and some “enrichment” goodies (the perches, scratching materials and what are kindly being labeled “nesting boxes”).

Against all odds, this bill is the result of a partnership between two historically bitter enemies – the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), an organization feared and reviled by the livestock industry for its many successful campaigns to improve living standards for animals raised for food, and the United Egg Producers (UEP), which represents the country’s biggest egg farmers who have fought the HSUS hard against the various state initiatives targeting factory farming that have now been passed across the nation.

The UEP claims it was tired of trying to comply with the many complicated, piecemeal laws pertaining to animal care standards and labeling so approached the HSUS in an attempt to come to a compromise and produce federal legislation that would create one national standard. The Egg Products Inspection Act is that compromise.

But the act has torn a rift on both sides of the debate. While the bill is supported by the HSUS, Farm Sanctuary, In Defense of Animals, Compassion Over Killing and the Animal Legal Defense Fund among many others, all well-respected organizations with the best of intentions, it is also opposed by many animal welfare organizations.

Strange bedfellows are jumping in the sack all over the issue. Groups like the Humane Farming Association, Friends of Animals, United Poultry Concerns and Last Chance for Animals, among others, join the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), American Farm Bureau Federation and their allies in Congress in fiercely opposing this bill.

Read the rest of this news:-http://www.greenerideal.com/lifestyle/0604-egg-bill-isnt-a-win-for-hens/

Animal Groups Sue USDA for Ignoring Poultry Products Inspection Act

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Right now, the USDA is allowing diseased bird organs to be sold for food, in violation of federal law. Because USDA won’t enforce the law, thousands of animals are suffering miserably, and the consumers of these diseased products are at a higher risk for a variety of ailments, including type II diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.

That’s why today, along with pro bono attorneys from Steptoe & Johnson, LLP, the Animal Legal Defense FundCompassion Over Killing, the Animal Protection & Rescue League, and my organization — Farm Sanctuary — filed a lawsuit against the USDA for allowing adulterated poultry — foie gras — into the food supply, in violation of the Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA).

Foie gras is the diseased liver of a duck or goose who has been force-fed (twice-per day, every day) for three weeks, causing the animal’s liver to become diseased and to enlarge to ten times its normal size. Production of the product is so horribly cruel that it’s been banned in a dozen states, and both production and sale will be illegal in California later this year.

 

“This is chronic animal abuse, would this type of feeding be allowed to happen on horses or cow’s…NO…because it is what it is ANIMAL TORTURE & ABUSE.  Anyone that eats foie gras should be bloody ashamed, I want to say so much more about this heinous assault on ducks, & the morons that eat it, but value my status on here, so will leave it at that!!”

Click here to read the rest:-http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bruce-friedrich/foie-gras-lawsuit_b_1455293.html

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