This is the undercover video of the Westland Hallmark Meat Company taken by the Humane Society of the United States and recently released.
This video has led to the largest beef recall in history:
“A California meat company on Sunday issued the largest beef recall in history, 143 million pounds, some of which was used in school lunch programs, Department of Agriculture officials announced.
“The recall by the Westland/Hallmark Meat Company, based in Chino, Calif., comes after a widening animal-abuse scandal that started after the Humane Society of the United States distributed an undercover video on Jan. 30 that showed workers kicking sick cows and using forklifts to force them to walk.” reports the NY Times.
Quote of the day in response:
“Well, sure, as the head of a meat-packing plant, Mendell is too busy generating his own brand of bull[...] to wade into the fecal matter coating the downer cows his company’s been slaughtering and shipping off to school lunches and programs for the needy” says Kerry Trueman of the Huffington Post. Kerry continues:
“Although the methods exposed by the video are all forbidden by both California law and the USDA, the USDA actually lacks the authority to recall meat; all it can do is ask nicely. Westland has voluntarily agreed to pull all its raw and frozen beef products going back to February 1st, 2006, but most of that potentially downer cow-tainted meat has presumably already been downed.
“USDA inspectors were at the Westland plant twice a day and saw nothing amiss, which is to say that these abuses simply constitute business as usual in America’s abattoirs. But is this kind of institutionalized cruelty acceptable in our culture?”
Reminder: These were DAIRY cows. All animals raised to produce food for humans – even dairy cows and egg-laying hens – are destined for slaughter. Lacto-ovo vegetarian is not enough to stop the killing and the cruelty.
Now is a good time to go vegan.