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

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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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IF only he could talk.

Two weeks ago, this great dane cross wolfhound puppy was found crawling out of an embankment wrapped in wire and beaten within an inch of his life.

The shocking incident begs the question: “Who abuses an innocent animal?”

Local psychologist Paul Grant said it depended on each case.

“Animal cruelty typically falls into one of three categories – unintentional, intentional, and deliberately cruel,” he said.

“Unintentional animal abuse is by far the most common. Not feeding animals properly, feeding them inadequate diets, and not providing suitable living environments for them are all examples.”

He said intentional abuse can be ongoing or spontaneous.

“The motivation for people in these cases may particularly be frustration or anger, as well as a sense of empathy which may be lower or slower to develop than most.”

Most concerning was ongoing cruelty.

“Perpetrators may have much more serious psychological problems,” he said.

“Their thinking may not be disordered, but they may simply be sadistic; that is they enjoy inflicting pain on animals or enjoy violence.”

PSYCH FACTS

“Although there are links between hurting animals and hurting people, the relationship is not straightforward,” psychologist Paul Grant said. “Although it is often pointed out that most serial killers have a history of being deliberately cruel to animals as children, it is not true to say that most children who have been deliberately cruel to animals will turn out to be serial killers.”

“These kinds of offenders may engage in animal abuse because they are seeking some sense of control or power through these acts.”

News Link:http://www.gladstoneobserver.com.au/story/2012/06/13/who-could-do-such-a-thing-gladstone/

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