31 May 2011

Felony warrants issued for E6 Cattle Co. owner and workers

Cruelty charges have been levied against the owners and employees of E6 Cattle Co. in Hart Texas, after shocking video footage was released of calves being treated inhumanely.

The video footage was obtained by an undercover investigator for the animal rights group; Mercy For Animals

In the footage, workers are seen bashing calves in the head with huge pickaxes and hammers, stomping on their rib cages and standing on their necks as they cry out in fear, pain and confusion. Calves are dragged by their ears and shown discarded in piles to die a hideous, painful death after their torturous treatment.

Live calves are seen in putrid tiny stalls, thick with knee-high manure and urine with barely enough room to turn around. Sick calves with open sores and severed hooves were ignored and left to suffer without medical treatment.

"We commend the Castro County District Attorney and Sheriff’s Office for taking swift and decisive action in bringing these animal abusers to justice,” said Nathan Runkle, Executive Director of Mercy For Animals. “Let this case be a wake-up call to the dairy industry that cruelty to animals will not be tolerated.”

Five people have been charged with cruelty to livestock/animal felonies and two with misdemeanors.

E6 Cattle Co. is a factory farm that rears about 10,000 calves per year for the dairy industry.

You can avoid contributing to the suffering of innocent animals by adopting a vegan diet and can learn more about the work of Mercy For Animals here.

Karyn Pyle | @natureconspires
When her son was born, Karyn began a journey of researching the impact of our daily choices on our children, the earth and its inhabitants. Now a campaigner of safe food practices and animal rights; while studying holistic medicine, she writes about her passions of organic and eco living and the ethical treatment of animals. Follow Karyn at Natures Conspiracy and Facebook.

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