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The recall by the Westland/Hallmark Meat Company, based in Chino, Calif., comes after a widening animal-abuse scandal that started after the Humane Society of the United States distributed an undercover video on Jan. 30 that showed workers kicking sick cows and using forklifts to force them to walk.
The video raised questions about the safety of the meat, because cows that cannot walk, called downer cows, pose an added risk of diseases including mad cow disease. The federal government has banned downer cows from the food supply.
We, as consumers, drive this behavior. We demand "always low prices" then give no thought as to how the superstores get these low prices or why lay-offs are at an all time high and unemployment is on the rise. As consumers we need to make a consorted effort to not purchase items which drive this type of behavior.
*** I am in NO way trying to justify the actions of this company
When I was growing up, the slaughter houses were all union places and there were highly paid people in there. It was impossible to get a job because nobody ever quit. I am guessing that this place was not like that.
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I love how they write up mad cow as no big deal, seems they changed their tune on that quite a bit.
that article is unreal, I find it frightening that the NY Times even published it.
It was by far the worst place I have ever visted. They were the worst two companies I have ever dealt with. They are just plain run by bad people as far as I am concerned.
I don't know the percentage, but there are several steers or pigs on every load that get shipping fevor or shipping stress. You can load a perfectly good load and after they ride 30-200 miles in a semi, a few come off in tough shape and lay down almost instantly. That is no big deal and is the majority of what they are showing in those vids. They have used forklifts to raise up cattle for years.
Indeed - the fact they even dropped the word Jatar is deplorable. There certainly is no evidence that the cows had madcow. There have only been 2 confirmed cases in the US and those were contained to two cows. To insinuate otherwise is flat yellow journalism. As bad as the slaughter industry is - the publishing industry is even worse. They have yet to find any contaminated beef.
...and we though blogs were bad.