As you can see in this video, the plant’s co-owner and other workers abused animals too weak to stand in order to get them to their feet — including in front of a USDA inspector who watched but failed to stop the abuse. In one case, a partially decapitated calf appeared to be still conscious. Another scene shows a calf who appears to be conscious while skinned alive. Watch the video. (WARNING: Graphic Images. Video will not play automatically.)
The people responsible for this sickening abuse must be held accountable. But we also must examine the broader agricultural policies and enforcement problems that lead to the mistreatment of young calves, many of whom are too weak to stand and walk to their own slaughter. For example, a regulatory loophole that allows downed veal calves to go to slaughter provides a financial incentive for producers to abuse these infant animals.
Please ask the U.S. Department of Agriculture to take prompt action to prevent this kind of abuse from ever happening again.
Click here to automatically send a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack about the inhumane treatment of calves at slaughter plants.
With your help, the USDA will take action on its policies and procedures to give these helpless animals better protection against abuse.
Thank you for all you do for animals.
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
The Humane Society of the United States
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