In June I wrote about the Santa Cruz, California District attorney who refused to prosecute a case of animal cruelty at Cal-Cruz Hatcheries, Inc. Despite graphic undercover video depicting live hatchlings being tossed down a disposal, birds mangled in machinery with limbs or heads torn off and some even skinned alive — Bob Lee, the Santa Cruz D.A. has refused to prosecute.
A Care2 petition was started, but more signatures are needed.
A Washington, D.C. based animal advocacy group, Compassion Over Killing (COK) has been trying for nearly two years to hold Cal-Cruz Hatcheries responsible. COK is the group that did the undercover investigation.
Armed with the video last April, COK met with Santa Cruz Animal Services Authority (SCASA) and the district attorney’s office. SCASA performed an investigation and sent a report to the district attorney recommending prosecution. The D.A. declined.
California’s animal welfare laws – unlike most other states – do not differentiate between domestic pets and farm animals. An act of cruelty is considered just as punishable whether it is perpetrated on a household dog or chickens raised for food.
There is a report of new evidence in this case.
In a conversation today with Kelly Luker — a California woman who runs a kennel for small dogs – I was informed she witnessed a Cal-Cruz Hatcheries, Inc. truck at the Buena Vista landfill dumping mounds and mounds of dead and ground up hatchlings last month. She took photos with her cell phone camera and forwarded them to COK.
Will this new documentation be the impetus for prosecution? Let’s hope so, but that is yet to be seen.
Please contact Bob Lee, Santa Cruz District Attorney and let him know you want Cal-Cruz investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
His phone number is 831-454-2400 and his email is firstname.lastname@example.org
If you haven’t already, please consider signing the Care2 petition calling for prosecution of Cal-Cruz Hatcheries.