20 April 2011

Undercover video exposes shocking cruelty to calves at Texas factory farm

Graphic, hidden-camera video shot at a Texas factory farm reveals shocking and malicious cruelty to calves. It's video you simply won't believe.

An undercover investigation conducted by the animal rights group Mercy For Animals shows workers at E6 Cattle in Hart, Texas bashing in the skulls of calves with hammers and pickaxes, dragging them by their ears, standing on their necks, burning them, and neglecting them to die without proper veterinary care.

Promptly following the investigation, MFA presented an extensive legal complaint detailing numerous violations of Texas anti-cruelty law at E6 Cattle to the Castro County District Attorney and Sheriff’s Department. Mercy For Animals is seeking criminal prosecution of the company on grounds of cruelty to animals. The Castro County Sheriff's Office states the investigation is ongoing.

After viewing the footage, Dr. Temple Grandin, a world-renowned cattle welfare expert and advisor to the USDA and the meat industry, said: "It is obvious that both the management and the employees have no regard for animal welfare."

During about a two week time period in March 2011, MFA’s investigator documented:
• Beaten calves, still alive and conscious, thrown onto piles to slowly suffer and die
• Workers kicking sick or injured calves in the head, and standing on their necks and ribs
• Calves confined to squalid hutches, thick with manure and urine buildup, and barely large enough for the calves to turn around or fully extend their legs
• Gruesome injuries, including open sores, swollen joints and severed hooves
• Sick, injured and dying calves denied any medical care

“This case graphically illustrates the often cruel and abusive plight farmed animals in Texas face,” said Nathan Runkle, Executive Director of Mercy For Animals. “We must adopt stronger and stricter state and federal laws to prevent and discourage farmers from beating and neglecting animals.”

Please be aware the video below is graphic.

Corey Roscoe | Facebook
Corey serves as Mercy For Animals' Ohio Campaign Coordinator, organizing events and campaigns, and coordinating volunteers throughout Ohio. Adopting a plant-based diet 20 years ago, Corey's goal is to work within her community to promote awareness of vegan diets to help widen people's circles of compassion.

Photo credit: Screen capture MFA