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Abuse Caught On Video At Livestock Auction (Video)

Abuse Caught On Video At Livestock Auction (Video)

Despite “ag-gag” laws that restrict undercover investigations, animal rights organizations are doing an outstanding job exposing acts of cruelty to farm animals. On a near weekly basis the public is learning about the atrocities and seeing that justice and change are steadily being accomplished in the industry. Mercy For Animals released hidden camera footage on Wednesday that recorded shocking abuse at one of the oldest and largest livestock auctions in Southern California.

The video which was filmed at Ontario Livestock Sales has led to 21 cruelty to animals charges against seven employees and the owner of the auction house. MFA explained the graphic footage shows “sheep, goats, pigs and other animals being kicked, beaten and stomped on, and sick or injured animals being neglected and left to slowly suffer and die without food, water or veterinary care.”

The group let Dr. Temple Grandin, the world’s leading expert on farmed animal welfare and advisor to the USDA and meat industry, look at the footage. She said, “The handling was very rough and kicking animals is not acceptable. If this auction had been a federally inspected meat packing plant, they would have suspended inspection and shut them down.”

Following the investigation MFA presented their findings to law enforcement authorities and the San Bernardino County District Attorney. As a result, seven employees and the owner of the auction house were charged. The case is ongoing.

“This case graphically illustrates the cruel, inhumane and illegal abuses that farmed animals are all too often subjected to in California,” said Nathan Runkle, executive director at Mercy For Animals. “In a civilized society, it is our moral obligation to protect all animals, including animals raised and killed for food, from needless suffering. We hope these charges send a strong message to livestock auctions that animal abuse will not be tolerated.”

The undercover video shows:

  • “downed” animals—those too sick or injured to even stand or walk on their own—being left to slowly suffer and die without food, water or veterinary care;
  • sick, injured and dying animals being kicked, pushed and dragged into transport trucks to be sold and slaughtered for human consumption;
  • workers throwing, beating, stomping on and kicking animals in the face and body;
  • baby goats being carelessly picked up by their necks and then kicked or tossed around;
  • workers grabbing, dragging and throwing animals by their heads, necks, ears, horns, tails, and legs; and
  • birds stuffed into bags and goats, sheep and other animals overcrowded into small pens, forcing animals to stand on and even trample each other.

 

A website shared by Free From Harm shows how Mark Middleton at Animal Visuals has developed an interactive map that tracks farm cruelty investigations and Ag Gag laws.

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4:17PM PDT on Aug 6, 2014

Horrible, appalling. And human bei!ngs are supposed to be more intelligent - but they certainly have no compassion, they apparently don't know the meaning of 'cruelty' either. Just like Taylor S. I think all those who have taken part in this abuse deserve to rot in prison.

5:04AM PDT on Jul 29, 2014

The video made me so sad. What kind of person can brutalise in this way? Just wanted to take the animals home and live on my smallholding in peace. I've been a vegetarian for 45 years and my 3 sheep and 7 chickens will never end up on anyone's plate. They will live in the fields and be treated with love, kind words and respect until the day they die, never having known what it's like to be punched or kicked.

5:47AM PDT on Jul 28, 2014

Dear fellow commentators: We are preaching to the converted. We MUST spread these videos to those who will not see. Speak up to everyone around, when out and about where meats are being consumed: that is scary, I know. My friends get angry with me and some have come to avoid me because of my quietly wondering aloud if the meat they- I, are eating comes from an abused animal. People see what they want to see. It IS more expensive to buy humanely treated and killed meat; but as one of you pointed out, that is good: I buy meat at an organic butcher whose meats are farmed, free-run animals and so, yeah, I eat meat maybe once, twice a week at most. When I walk down the supermarket floors and see the meat counters, all I can think of is the animals whose bodies are for sale and their likely agony on the way to supermarket shelves. Turns me off buying it pretty quickly. but trying to make open-eyed carers out of otherwise good, caring people is very, very difficult...

5:47AM PDT on Jul 28, 2014

Dear fellow commentators: We are preaching to the converted. We MUST spread these videos to those who will not see. Speak up to everyone around, when out and about where meats are being consumed: that is scary, I know. My friends get angry with me and some have come to avoid me because of my quietly wondering aloud if the meat they- I, are eating comes from an abused animal. People see what they want to see. It IS more expensive to buy humanely treated and killed meat; but as one of you pointed out, that is good: I buy meat at an organic butcher whose meats are farmed, free-run animals and so, yeah, I eat meat maybe once, twice a week at most. When I walk down the supermarket floors and see the meat counters, all I can think of is the animals whose bodies are for sale and their likely agony on the way to supermarket shelves. Turns me off buying it pretty quickly. but trying to make open-eyed carers out of otherwise good, caring people is very, very difficult...

5:47AM PDT on Jul 28, 2014

Dear fellow commentators: We are preaching to the converted. We MUST spread these videos to those who will not see. Speak up to everyone around, when out and about where meats are being consumed: that is scary, I know. My friends get angry with me and some have come to avoid me because of my quietly wondering aloud if the meat they- I, are eating comes from an abused animal. People see what they want to see. It IS more expensive to buy humanely treated and killed meat; but as one of you pointed out, that is good: I buy meat at an organic butcher whose meats are farmed, free-run animals and so, yeah, I eat meat maybe once, twice a week at most. When I walk down the supermarket floors and see the meat counters, all I can think of is the animals whose bodies are for sale and their likely agony on the way to supermarket shelves. Turns me off buying it pretty quickly. but trying to make open-eyed carers out of otherwise good, caring people is very, very difficult...

4:19PM PDT on Jul 25, 2014

Julie H - who do you think owns the factory farms? Certainly NOT THE IMMIGRANTS! The cruelty is done on the non-immigrants watch. I do believe your prejudice and racism is showing! I do not care one iota where they come from, the abuse of innocent sentient beings is done on our watch and we must unite to protect them ALL. We are either a part of the solution or work to expose the abuse and FORCE CHANGE NOW, with stiff laws.

11:39AM PDT on Jul 24, 2014

And humans are supposed to be SO intelligent ....makes me sick

7:23PM PDT on Jul 18, 2014

This is why I became a vegetarian, because of the suffering animals have to go through to be MY food. I will no longer eat them, they are living breathing souls who feel pain just like we do and they deserve so much better. This video made me literally cry :*(

11:45AM PDT on Jul 13, 2014

Not only is the meat industry cruel, but also the dairy. The dairy industry can sometimes be even more cruel than the meat industry. The cows and calfs on dairy farms are neglected and abused; the cows are fed hormones and antibiotics for increased milk production. They often collapse at 4 to 5 years of age, when cows can live up to 25 years. Then they're sent for slaughter. Go vegan, for the animals, for the planet, and for your health. Animal products are not a necessity; going vegan is the only way to eliminate speciesism and the animal cruelty in the meat, dairy, and clothing industries.

11:42AM PDT on Jul 13, 2014

This is appalling and absolutely pathetic. If you can repetitively abuse and neglect and animal without feeling any guilt or sadness, I'm sorry, but there is something wrong with you. Speciesists sicken me and make my stomach churn. Nothing about abusing a sentient being in any way, shape, or form is okay. Every single worker in that place who has taken part in this abuse deserves to rot in prison.

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