Some Good News For Veal Calves in a New Jersey Slaughterhous

Some Good News For Veal Calves in a New Jersey Slaughterhous

Postby Oscar » Sun May 11, 2014 6:24 am

Some Good News For Veal Calves in a New Jersey Slaughterhouse

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by Alicia Graef January 29, 2014 7:00 pm

This week the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) stepped up and suspended operations at a calf slaughterhouse in New Jersey following an undercover investigation conducted by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) that exposed cruelty to veal calves.

The HSUS obtained footage that showed inexcusable abuses of calves, including downers (i.e., those who are injured, or too weak or sick to stand on their own), at the Catelli Brothers slaughterhouse in Shrewsbury, N.J., which performs both kosher and conventional slaughter of veal calves.

Still-conscious calves were seen struggling after being hung upside down on a conveyor belt when they should have been unconscious; others were shot multiple times before being rendered unconscious; still others were dragged, hit, shocked and sprayed with water. According to the HSUS, plant managers were also seen twisting downed calves’ ears and tails when they were too exhausted or weak to stand, lifting some calves entirely by their tails, and telling employees never to do the same when USDA inspectors are watching.

VIDEO: "WARNING: Graphic Footage"

Last week the USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service initiated an investigation into the allegations of inhumane slaughter and handling of calves at the facility and found numerous violations of the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act, which is supposed to prevent unnecessary suffering during slaughter. This week the USDA sent a letter to Catelli Brothers that broke down the violations and basically said it’s nice that they have guidelines in place to avoid this sort of thing, but it’s too bad they weren’t followed. The slaughterhouse has been suspended until it can prove it has taken corrective actions.

The suspension is being applauded, but the HSUS is urging the agency to take further action to protect downer calves. In 2009, a ban on slaughtering downer cows was put into place only months after the HSUS brought to light disturbing evidence of their use for consumption, which resulted in the largest beef recall in U.S. history.


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