28 August 2012

Shocking abuse revealed at slaughterhouse prompts shutdown

Shocking abuse was caught on camera at the Central Valley Meat Co., a slaughterhouse in Hanford, California.  Undercover investigators working for the animal rights group Compassion Over Killing bravely and heroically raised awareness to the brutality that was happening inside the Central Valley Meat Co. -- a supplier for both In ‘N out Burger and McDonalds, who allegedly cut ties with the slaughterhouse after the news of the abuse broke.

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

Fortunately, this abuse will never take place on this farm again, but there is a dark side. There are not enough undercover investigators to document every single case of abuse in the country. Unfortunately, this type of behavior is not unique, and sadly, is happening at an alarming and disheartening rate.

Below you can view the undercover footage:

We must praise these brave souls for the mental anguish they endure while filming as an undercover investigator. If you or someone you know is looking to make a tremendous impact, apply to be an undercover investigator here. I often wonder how those animals are treated on the farms in Iowa, where whistleblowing was deemed illegal just a few months ago.

*Editor's note: Central Valley Meat Co. has re-opened after a brief shutdown over the weekend.
Ashley Shamus | Email
Northeast Pennsylvania Ashley has a psychology degree, and is soaking up tons of knowledge while furthering her education. She has a passion for holistic nutrition, animal rights, and green vegetables. In her free time, she loves to cook, juice, and bask in the sun. She whole heartedly applauds and appreciates all of the wonderful people who strive to make a positive difference in animals’ lives!

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