Abuse At Livestock Auctions (VIDEO)

In an undercover investigation conducted by The Humane Society of the United States, footage obtained from livestock auctions in four states reveals horrendous neglect and abuse of animals.

Crippled cows (dubbed downers) too stressed to even walk from years of mistreatment at dairy farms are commonly seen left to die in pens with other cows or in the parking lot.

The willful neglect of these innocent creatures is inexcusable, yet being routinely ignored by the owners of these auctions, the industry and even the USDA.

There is a common phrase among animal activists that “there is no justice, it’s just us”. Take a stand against this senseless cruelty and demonstate every day that you don’t support the abuses these animals endure by living a lifestyle free of animal exploitation. Go vegan!

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204 comments

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle6 years ago

As long as humans think of animals as less than humans, abuse will continue. Not only go vegetarian, but start thinking differently about the other life forms on this planet. Stop concentrating on souls. Animals are just as important as we.

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Seda A.
Seda A.6 years ago

There are so many things that you can do for these animals.
I am volunteering on sundays at a local animal shelter in Turkey Istanbul.
Please do share some time with these animals.
They all need love and attention.

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PatriceD West
Patrice D6 years ago

Ok, folks, it's a new year. Let's ALL do what we can to help end the cruelty and torture to food animals, and all animals in general! If nothing else, become a volunteer at the humane society or a rescue and spend a bit of time cuddling, grooming, or even just cleaning some litter boxes or kennels. There is so much that needs to be done. Haven't got time, try to donate supplies, food, litter, or send a small donation. All animals need our help! Let's make 2011 a banner year!

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maria mariano
maria mariano6 years ago

I could not finished to whatch the video!!

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PatriceD West
Patrice D6 years ago

More reality? Watch Sir Paul McCartney's "Glass Walls". If you can't "stomach" it, how can you "stomach" much of your diet - once-living creatures, milk, cheese, eggs...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4YX_iVWIe0&list=PLE17EACFE4C78C9D0&index=3&playnext=3

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Debrah McCabe
6 years ago

I never even thought of the video time but your right it is proof of how long the poor dear laid there. But she's not suffering ,no not at all(note the heavy sarcasm here).

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Ann W.
Ann W6 years ago

Janet W - how can you say you did not see any cruelty? Did you not notice the times on the video? That cow was shown on the ground at 7.25pm on 22nd. It was still there at 10.15am on 23rd. It was allowed to lie there all night and all next morning in the sun, without water or food. And this is not cruel? You say they die because they are old. A saw a little black and white calf struggling to get up - he was not 'dying of old age'. Wake up to yourself. I thought Care2 was for people who 'cared'.

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Beverly C.
Beverly C6 years ago

I, too, could not watch the video (much too upsetting), but UNQUESTIONABLY THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR ABUSE!!!!!!!l

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Irene L.
Irene Leggett6 years ago

I could not watch the video but I do know that untold cruelty and misery is witnessed every single day at sale rings and livestock auctions. I, for one, do not understand how so called-farmers can watch their animals suffer even before they send them to the sales. Its nothing but greed that seems to satisfy the agricultural industry, no thoughts for animal welfare. Why are we so inherently cruel and abusive to the very animals that are raised and slaughtered to feed the majority. Surely we owe them a great debt for our very survival and as such, should treat them with compassion at the very least.

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Debrah McCabe
6 years ago

To Janet W. who excused the cruelty of the video by saying that the cow was old and it was a natural occuring event that she die (because she is old) and she didn't witness any cruelty.

Those dairy cows are not old when they get to the slaughter house. They average between five and six years, but their bodies are so worn out from being constantly pregnant and giving milk that milk production slows to where it is not financially feasible for the farmer to keep them. So they ship them. And sometimes they are sick before they get on the truck and sometimes, due to crowding they get injured in transit. Often they are tied to a tractor if they won't walk off the truck and dragged off. That is all cruelty. From the dairy barn to those video'd moments that we watched.

My bet is that Janet uses a lot of dairy, eats hamburgers regularly and is looking for absolution for her involvement in the cruelty by saying that there is none.

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