If you eat cows, if your children eat cows for lunch at school, if you get US Commodities cow or food bank cow…and if you live on a reservation and receive government cow…ponder a while:
Republican lawmakers Devin Nunes, Kevin McCarthy and Jeff Denham signed a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack saying that shutting the plant will do nothing to further the goal of responding to the alleged animal abuse.
The trio also asked Vilsack to intervene against “attacks that are occurring at the behest of radical groups.”
The USDA says the company cannot reopen until it resolves its humane handling issues.
“The company must first submit a corrective action plan detailing how they intend to comply with humane handling regulations before USDA considers allowing them to operate,” spokesman Justin DeJong said.
On Monday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture suspended operations at Central Valley Meat Co. of Hanford after an undercover video shot by the animal welfare group Compassion Over Killing showed cows that appeared to be sick or lame being beaten, kicked, shot and shocked in an attempt to get them to walk to slaughter.
Federal officials say nothing they have seen so far in the video shows meat from cows that may have been sick made it into the food supply, but interviews with employees were ongoing.
It’s against the law to slaughter a non-ambulatory animal for food out of concern that it could be infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy, also known as mad cow disease.
Sorry California congresspeeps. Only the FBI can attempt to quell free speech where these alleged “attacks that are occurring at the behest of radical groups.” are concerned, not the Sec of Ag. And I’m guessing they mean written and verbal communications to Central Valley Meat Co. expressing individual opinions about how much Central Valley Meat Co. sucks.
Asking the Secretary of Ag and the USDA to break their own rules and regulations to reopen a hell hole for the sake of jobs? Where is their integrity? Obviously they don’t care about the cows at all…but thanks for caring so much about the health of school children, food bank recipients and our nation’s original peoples! Which ones are going to get BSE or variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease?
Since it’s against the law to slaughter non-ambulatory animals for food out of concern for BSE (mad cow)…why would anyone deny there are non-ambulatory cows shown in the video going to be slaughtered for food? Why?