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20 Nov 2009 Issue

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Shocking Cruel Treatment of Calves Closes Vermont Slaughterhouse


USDA: Protect Veal Calves from Abuse

An HSUS investigation at a slaughter facility in Vermont shows stomach-turning cruelty to veal calves. 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.

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.

Undercover Investigation: Abused Calves at Vermont Slaughter Plant

Undercover Investigation: Abused Calves at Vermont Slaughter Plant

TAKE ACTION Please ask the U.S. Department of Agriculture to take prompt action to prevent this kind of abuse from ever happening again.

Remember to personalize the email message below by expressing your opinion in your own words; it's much more effective.


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