Help Sick Calves Sent to Slaughter

An HSUS undercover investigation at Catelli Bros. -- a calf slaughter plant in Shrewsbury, New Jersey -- found downed calves enduring horrible mistreatment and others inhumanely slaughtered. Downed calves -- those too injured, sick, or weak to rise to their feet -- were shocked, kicked, lifted by their tails and ears, and dragged by chains. Our documentation points to serious violations of the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act. The USDA needs to strengthen regulations to specify that downed calves must be immediately euthanized rather than suffer abuses to force them to rise and walk to their slaughter.

When we presented our complaint and video to the USDA, the agency acted swiftly to suspend operations at the plant.

Please send a message to Alfred V. Almanza, Administrator of USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Services, thanking him for the agency’s swift action and asking the USDA to set standards for downed calves.

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Dear Mr. Almanza

Thank you for dealing immediately and forcefully with the inhumane treatment of downed calves found at Catelli Bros. slaughter plant in New Jersey. There is no excuse for calves being kicked, shocked, pulled by their tails and ears, or dragged with chains when they have broken legs, other injuries, or are simply too weak or sick to stand up. Downed calves should be afforded the mercy of immediate euthanasia rather than being handled in such abusive ways. My confidence is shaken. If these atrocities are occurring at a federally-inspected plant in a metropolitan area, consumers have no reason to believe they are not happening at every slaughter plant.

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