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Jun 26, 2008

 

Lightning typically doesn't strike twice. And almost never three times. But it has in the meat and dairy industries, and they and government regulators need to do something about the systemic problem of downer cows.

Yesterday, The Humane Society of the United States released its latest undercover video showing abuses of dairy cows -- this time at an auction in Portales, New Mexico. The video shows workers kicking, hitting, dragging by chains, and electrically shocking cows unable to stand or walk. It sickens me to watch these images, and I know it must have the same effect on you.

This is our third exposé since January, and the horrifying cruelty we've documented shows why it's time for the USDA, the states, and the meat and dairy industries to act -- and to delay and dilly dally no longer. Watch our video, then urge the USDA to immediately adopt a comprehensive policy barring the slaughter of injured and ill cattle who cannot walk, called "downers." (The video will not start automatically if you prefer to take action without watching it.)

Our investigators visited five auctions and a slaughter plant during the course of these three investigations and found appalling mistreatment at every location -- providing irrefutable evidence that there are industry-wide problems that must be addressed.Besides fostering the terrible suffering of downers, the loophole has the potential to threaten the safety of our food supply: Downers have a higher risk of harboring foodborne pathogens such as Salmonella, E. coli, and even mad cow disease, than cows able to walk on their own. How much longer can we afford to wait?

While the USDA has committed to a ban on the slaughter of downers for human consumption, it has yet to implement it. And our latest investigation shows why USDA should not wait another day. While it's at it, the agency must broaden the ban to include downers at livestock auctions and other links in the food supply chain, too. Animals -- and the American public -- deserve aggressive action to solve this problem. There is no more time for hedging or delay. Please tell the USDA to act today.


Thank you for all you do for animals.

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Posted: Thursday June 26, 2008, 8:34 am
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Deidre Williams (1)
Thursday June 26, 2008, 4:26 pm
This is terrible! How could anyone treat animals this way??

Deidre Williams (1)
Monday June 30, 2008, 1:43 pm
I have taken action against this unnecessary and barbaric act of cruelty. Thank you Jacqueline, for alerting me to it!

JULIE ANN Z. (247)
Monday November 3, 2008, 5:35 pm
THIS IS HORRIBLE AND IF THEY WOULD BAN USING ANIMALS FOR FOOD ALTOGETHER WE WOULD NOT HAVE ANY ABUSE OF ANIMALS IN SLAUGHTERHOUSES. WE NEED TO STOP USING ANIMALS FOR A FOOD SOURCE. EAT VEG/VEGAN FOODS.

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