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Food Safety? What About Animal Abuse?


Health & Wellness  (tags: cows, animal abuse, slaughterhouse, Chino California, Dick Durbin, food safety )

RC
- 2423 days ago - cnn.com
Graphic video of cows being cruelly abused at the Hallmark slaughterhouse has raised concerns about the safety of the meat from these suffering animals. The Humane Scoiety of the United States and Sen. Dick Durbin are warnng the FDA and the FSIS.



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RC deWinter (418)
Thursday January 31, 2008, 6:55 am
I was conflicted about where to categorize this story, animal or health news. I finally decided on health because the possible ramifications of the story rewall go much further than simply abuse, which we all know is, unfortunately, endemic in factory farming. This meat is part of the National School Food program as well as sold to the general public. SHAME on these ignorant, cruel workers. By the way, you don't have to watch the graphic video to read the sotry. The video is a separate link on the page.
 

Tsandi Crew (95)
Thursday January 31, 2008, 8:12 am
The meat will be safe, just taste of adrenalin. But we are probably used to that by now...those of you who eat meat. Time to stop it.
 

Elle J. (279)
Thursday January 31, 2008, 8:49 am
I couldn't watch the video but I did get the gist of the story. There has to be a better way. I could easily become a vegetarian but because of physical problems, I have to eat red meat. Wonder what would happend if I don't eat meat? Thanks for the story, Cate
 

James M. (193)
Thursday January 31, 2008, 8:50 am
One more reason to go Veg!
 

Faith M. (167)
Thursday January 31, 2008, 8:57 am
I don't know about safe- how many meat recalls have we had this year? it's been quite a few and while I don't know if this is the cause it sure bears investigation- also it is appaling how they treat those animals but what can you say -these people are at a hourly wage job where they kill animals so humane is not one of their job requirements - the owners of the slaughterhouse should moniter this better - small town slaughterhouses are not as a rule like this- I eat meat but alot of what I eat is wild kill where one shot one kill is whats it's all about with the people I know -also those same folks would take someone to task for letting an animal suffer because they did not know how to drop an animal in one shot-most folks who hunt give the excess meat to the poor and ill ect. around here -they also give to these folks supplies from their garden-when your money is limited then you actually eat better if you know how to survive and you live in a community where people give a damn-I live in the country and deer meat is a staple and since deer no longer have any natural preditors around here except for man it works out - sad but so-now for those of you who want to know I allow no hunting on my place and here the animals are safe -can't very well have a small animal reserve and allow hunting now can we
 

Liz sands (76)
Thursday January 31, 2008, 9:54 am
noted
 

Karen B. (289)
Thursday January 31, 2008, 10:07 am
So glad I don't eat meat.
 

Darlene K. (367)
Thursday January 31, 2008, 10:15 am
Noted....
 

Joycey B. (750)
Thursday January 31, 2008, 10:34 am
I signed this mornining on this. These people sicken me for their cruelty. Noted with anger and disgust. Thanks Cate.
 

Nancy M. (62)
Thursday January 31, 2008, 11:10 am
Thank you, Cate I saw just a snippet of this story on t.v. and it was enough to put me off entirely. It has made it so much easier in my decision not to eat meat. The more I see, the more I am convinced that we are dealing with the most primative instinct that tells us we 'need' meat. There are plenty of other ways to obtain protein that aren't barbaric.
 

Pastor Tim Redfern (599)
Thursday January 31, 2008, 11:26 am
Cate, it's every bit as much a health
story as it is an animal story. Cher has
it posted as animal news and is circulating
even now.
My details may be a bit off, BUT.....
I have read that ALL cows carry e-coli.
The danger in spreading the bacteria
comes when the cow is slaughtered, and
if it's done improperly, ONE cow can
contaminate 32,000 pounds of meat.
Now, considering this meat was fed to
schoolchildren?.......yeah, that can
make it a health story.
Thanks, Cate!
noted.
 

Gail L. (30)
Thursday January 31, 2008, 11:50 am
Noted.
 

Wolfweeps Pommawolf (251)
Thursday January 31, 2008, 12:31 pm
Noted.
I couldn't stomach the video, nor even attempt to watch it last night on the Prime Time News either. This angers me beyond all reason. How do companies get away with this madness.
And what is it with this malarky? : "if". "If" what?

Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer said "appropriate actions will be taken" if violations are found in the facility, and added there is no evidence the nation's beef supply is at risk.

And where was California law enforcement when they were first given the video?

The Humane Society, in its statement, said it had turned the information over to "California law enforcement officials" at that time, and "local authorities asked for extra time before public release of the information."

Pure incompetence. Blame game. More typical bells and whistles that are never addressed when the information is first presented.
And excuse me. If any of these people who cruelly harmed these cattle are fired, you know for damn sure they will find another job doing the same thing somewhere else. Why aren't they locked up? Why aren;t they in jail? Why isn't California law enforcement doing their job to see that these sick SOB's are put behind bars so they cannot harm another living creature?



 

Pam W. (0)
Thursday January 31, 2008, 12:58 pm
As long as profit can be made by using animals there will be animal abuse.
 

Daniel Barker (35)
Thursday January 31, 2008, 2:10 pm
Hmmm.anyone remember a man in 1992 running for president? Bill Clinton ate at McDonald's, and a reporter said that made him a regular guy. Surely there is a disconnect there.

We continue to eat too much meat. I eat about six pounds a year - the national average is above a hundred.

We have to be careful who our friends are. We learned recently on Care2 that PETA kills pets - it doesn't beieve in pets, so it kills dogs!
 

Jennie B. (14)
Thursday January 31, 2008, 3:19 pm
I just glad I don't eat meat - don't miss it, don't need it - o.k. so hamburgers used to be the ALL American food but look how much good that did Bill - he had heart problems as do most people who eat lots of red meat - that saturated fat just sits in your arteries and clogs. No thanks. Noted
 

Pamela R. (159)
Thursday January 31, 2008, 4:12 pm
Thanks for the warning Cate... I DID NOT AND WILL NOT look at the videos. May we (as a whole, all of the people of our beautiful planet) treat all life as sacred. If we choose to eat meat, please let the animals roam around~ enjoy their existence while they are here ~ to be able to eat what is natural to them ~~and to have the most humane slaughter possible.
 

Melissa Chapman (284)
Thursday January 31, 2008, 6:03 pm
Noted Cate... you might just get some to think a bit more about what they eat....
 

Carol W. (119)
Thursday January 31, 2008, 6:42 pm

Sorry SOB. School lunch program will protect these comp's before they protect the children.

Westland, the second-largest supplier of beef for the National School Lunch Program, was named "supplier of the year" in 2004-2005 by the Agriculture Department. It has delivered beef to schools in 36 states.

In a written statement, Steve Mendell, president of both Westland and Hallmark
 

nurith k. (93)
Thursday January 31, 2008, 8:20 pm
cows are just as much children of the earth as we are, even those barbaric animal killers, they should think about this too!!! it is high time for all people to stop eating meat i think, i stopped more than 25 years ago, and i feel great without it!!!
 

Carolyn T. (234)
Thursday January 31, 2008, 10:28 pm
Noted. It is true...the kiddos in this country have been right all along. The cafeteria food is disgusting! This is an outrage!!!!! We cannot get children insured for medical attention and at the same time we are serving this to them. I seldom eat meat and every story I read that approaches this one on the disgust scale convinces me that I am missing nothing by abstaining. That way I am serving the best interests of children, animals, and myself. A win-win. These people need to be roasted on a spit in a very hot place. Thanks, Cate, I've got a bit of adrenalin flowing myself!
 

Alf I. (246)
Friday February 1, 2008, 8:32 am
Someone on this thread said they HAVE to eat meat for medical reasons. I can't think of any medical reason to eat meat and if a doctor told you that then remember doctors only get less than ONE HOUR of nutritional teaching in their whole education. There are alternatives and there are no valid reasons to not give up meat.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday February 1, 2008, 8:55 am
What a terrible way for those cows to their slow death! How would those workers get to same treatment repeated electric shocks and shooting high-intensity water up their noses while downing and see how they feel. Start administering a quick death for those poor cows!.... you know what I mean
 

Denice G. (45)
Friday February 1, 2008, 9:33 am
Noted
 

serge vrabec (279)
Friday February 1, 2008, 3:31 pm
Cant even comment, thx Cate!
 
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