Monday, February 18, 2008
Slaughtering Of Sick Cows An Outrage
Downed cattle from HSUS investigation
The slaughtering of cows too weak to stand without first examining them by a veterinarian led to the largest recall of beef in the history of the United States.
Many callers to News Talk Online on Paltalk expressed outrage at the inhumane treatment of the cattle. A video released by the Humane Society of the United States shows the weak cattle being moved to slaughter using forklift trucks.
Others were equally, or more, concerned about the fact that the beef made its way into schools and supermarkets even though the weak cattle had not been properly examined.
Most of the cattle discovered in the HSUS investigation has already been consumed. Yet, the society applauds the recall as an appropriate measure not only to mitigate risks to public health, but also to send a message that such inhumane behavior can have dramatic consequences for slaughter plants which permit it.
The HSUS also called on USDA to change its policy and prohibit the slaughter of all — not just some— downed cows.
Photo credit: HSUS