I knew the production of meat wasn't the cleanest or most environmentally friendly process out there, and I had heard of the horrifying ways cows used to be treated at the slaughterhouse. I had nievely thought it was put to an end years ago... I guess whenever I read about it I thought someone had done something so it wouldn't happen any more. Duh... I guess I'm just dumb! Did any of you see the report on ABC last night about the 'Slaughterhouse Horror' in California? There was video of people ramming forklifts into cows that couldn't get up because they were either too sick or already physically injured. People were repeatedly shocking the cows, on their head, with the electric prods, even when it was obvious the cow couldn't get up and move. That's just mean! There was one cow which looked like it's hamstrings or tendons in the ankle was broken because it couldn't walk with it's hind feet on the ground, it had to drag them behind itself with them folded up like skis. These cows were dairy cows, apparently no longer able to be used for their milk (even though some of them had udders that were obviously very full and swollen with milk), and they were stuck in the back of semi trailers and were to be taken to be slaughtered for meat. The meat from these cows (from this beef processing company) is purchased by the federal government to be used in the public school lunch system. SO - these cows who are being brutalized, and may be sick, are being tortured so they will go into the slaughterhouse to be fed to our kids. Who else do you think it's being sent to?
Please check out THIS link at ABCNews.com. ***WARNING - it is disturbing to watch***
A hidden camera investigation by the Humane Society of the United States found a California slaughterhouse used banned animals for meat destined for school lunch programs. (ABCNEWS.com)
OK, so in the report it was stated that the people on tape were fired from the company, but the thing that is most awful about all of this - it's normal for the industry! There are animals all over the US which are treated in this manner... sure, some will say 'they're going to die anyway - that's why they were raised, right?' Well, even so - I feel they should be treated with some respect, dignity, some form of compassion should be afforded these beings which help sustain us! And for goodness sakes, don't use sick animals in our food supply!
I am done with beef... I love hamburgers, meatloaf, good meatballs, lasagna... but I cannot in good concious eat without knowing FOR SURE where it came from, if the animal was healthy, and if the animal was treated properly. What am I going to eat now? This is appalling to me, I'm glad I didn't let my kids watch it. It would have traumatized them.