Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Two Employees of Hallmark Westland Meat Packing Company Charged for Felony Animal Cruelty: Company Supplies School Lunch Program

Last week we posted on this disturbing story. In it, you will see video proof of egregious animal torture.

We posted on this at: http://geari.blogspot.com/2008/01/video-footage-exposes-truth-behind.html

The video proof can be seen directly at: http://video.hsus.org/

Very glad these charges were brought. However, torture of animals is still very rampant in slaughterhouses. These people were just unfortunate to be caught. The government has not added enough investigators to look at every operation in the country. As such, these crimes of abuse will go on.

Article:

Animal Cruelty Charges Filed

http://americanagriculturist.com/index.aspx?ascxid=fpStory&fpsid=32291&fpstid=8

Compiled By Staff


February 17, 2008

On Friday, two former employees of the Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Company were charged by the San Bernadino District Attorney for felony animal cruelty. On Sunday, USDA announced additional actions as a result of the ongoing investigation.

"USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has evidence that Hallmark/Westland did not consistently contact the FSIS public health veterinarian in situations in which cattle became non-ambulatory after passing ante-mortem inspection, which is not compliant with FSIS regulations," says Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer. "Because the cattle did not receive complete and proper inspection FSIS has determined them to be unfit for human food and the company is conducting a recall."

Operations at Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing remain under suspension by FSIS. The products destined for the Federal food assistance programs, including the National School Lunch Program, will now be removed from schools and other holding facilities and destroyed.

"We applaud state and federal actions to investigate and correct the situation it found in this single plant among the thousands that work every day to deliver our high-quality, nutritious and safe beef products to consumers in this country and around the world," says Dave Bateman, chairman of the Cattlemen's Beef Board. "The beef checkoff remains committed to doing what it can to maintain these high standards."

The Office of the Inspector General and the Food Safety and Inspection Service continue the investigation. We will respond immediately if further findings warrant. Details about this recall and USDA actions are available at www.usda.gov/actions.

1 comment:

Lori Lipson said...

I was sickened and outraged to hear about the abuse of these poor animals. I hope they impose strict and harsh penatlies upon these awful individuals and I certainly hope it costs the meat packing co. plenty of money while they are being investigated! I would like an address to make a donation to the animal rights activists who help protect and ensures these animals get the most comfortable last days possible.
Disappointed in cruel humans in
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ranchgirl1@comcast.net

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