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by Joan Reddy
Categories: Animals, Causes.
Photo: Niloo / Shutterstock.com

An undercover investigation by The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), at the Catelli Bros. of Shrewsbury slaughter plant, in Monmouth County, New Jersey, led to suspension of its operations by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Department took enforcement action because of evidence showing that Catelli Bros. barbaric handling of cattle, was in direct violation of the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act.

The HSUS filed a legal complaint and included a video with footage that exposed the workers’ inhumane treatment of cattle. Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO for the HSUS, writes “Our undercover investigator documented calves being forced to rise to their feet by men who wrapped the calves’ tails around their hands – lifting the entire weight of the calf by this appendage. One calf with a broken leg was dragged by a chain around his neck and other calves were struck, kicked, pulled by their ears, and sprayed with water.”

Dr. Bernard Rollin, distinguished professor of animal science at Colorado State University, wrote “Of all the atrocity videos I have viewed, the current video of the slaughterhouse at Catelli Brothers must be ranked among the three worst.” The evidence of the abominable acts towards animals portrayed in the video was enough for Dr. Rollin to conclude that “[t]his plant needs to be closed down immediately.”

Although, it is required  by law to immediately euthanize downed adult cows, and not use them for human consumption, there is still not any law that protects downer calves. Since 2009, the HSUS has been trying to get the USDA to close a loophole in federal policy, which still allows cruelty to sick calves. “We commend USDA for taking action to shut down the operation at Catelli Brothers, but it’s long past time to close the loophole in the downed animal rule that perpetuates continuing cruelty to young calves,” says Pacelle.

Send a message to Alfred Almanza, Administrator of USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection services, asking the agency to close the loophole that allows the continued abuse of downed calves. You can find the petition here.

About Joan Reddy

Joan Reddy is a professional photographer, writer, animal rights activist, and environmentalist. Joan holds a Masters degree in English Literature from the University of Toronto, and a Masters of Environmental Studies from York University, in Toronto, where her thesis focused on Animal Rights. Through her writing, Joan wants to help to educate the public about the way animals are abused and exploited, in cultures around the world. Joan is also founder and president of the Federal registered non-profit organization "International Communication for Animal Justice." Her organization's website can be found at www.internationalcommunicationforanimaljustice.org, and her professional profile on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/pub/joan-reddy/22/999/449.

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  • Randy Janssen

    The HSUS is not your local animal shelter. It is a multimillion
    dollar corporation that spends almost every dime it gets on obscene
    salaries and filing lawsuits. It raises money by showing ads of cute
    dogs and cats, but it spends less then 1 cent on the dollar to feed
    and shelter cats and dogs. More and more members of congress are
    questioning the tax free status of the HSUS because of its political
    activities. The HSUS is against rodeo and western traditions. The
    HSUS pro vegetarian and anti meat. The HSUS has been accused of
    paying employes to abuse animals and videoing the abuse as proof
    that slaughter should be stopped. The HSUS is part of the vegan
    revolution that wants to change our eating habits and standard of
    living by outlawing factory farming. Be afraid of the HSUS and don’t
    applaud its lackeys.

  • BadKitty Beater

    @Randy stop spreading lies about the HSUS! They are the voice of animals and believe it or not these types of expose’s actually help save human lives as they help shut down slaughterhouses that have cattle exposed to e coli which will be transmitted to humans once they eat it. Factory farming in general is rife with corruption with no care towards the animals or humans that eat their end product or the humans that work there. Filthy cages, lying around in waste, the transfer of dangerous bacteria…. Doesn’t sound good to me. The documentary Food Inc. describes quite well that most slaughterhouses are run by a handful of corporations and are only interested in one thing…PROFIT! educate yourself before making harsh judgements…