Until states governments and the federal governments become serious about regularly inspecting slaughterhouses across the nation and imposing serious punishment in cases of abuse, undercover video will be the only means available to uncover that abuse.
The individuals and groups trying to criminalize undercover operations are only trying to hide the abuse. It’s a cyclical argument – don’t allow undercover video because it will uncover abuse.
Over the last couple of days, another horrible case has been highlighted in the national media. The cruelty is not something that might be twisted or misinterpreted by camera angles, in the video taken at a slaughterhouse in California. The abuse shown in the video turned over to the USDA by the group Compassion Over Killing is very clear.
An Examiner.com article reports the Central Valley Meat Company in Hanford, Calif. supplies meat to the National School Lunch Program and to several fast-food chains. In-N-Out Burger, McDonald’s, Jack in the Box, Burger King and others have now cut ties with the company, according to the LA Times.
Note the statement from the American Meat Institute, which is typical of those trying to defend the indefensible.