Shocking and disturbing undercover footage taken by Compassion Over Killing inside Central Valley Meat Co. (CVM) a California slaughterhouse, shows a cow which is still alive being suffocated by a worker who stands on its mouth and nostril after a pneumatic bolt gun failed to kill it so it could be butchered.

This disquieting film shows weak, sick cows stunned when they are unable to walk to their deaths and shows them being hoisted up by their legs onto conveyor-belts even if the bolt-gun has failed to mercifully kill them first.

The footage shows animals bleeding and thrashing after being repeatedly shot in the head with a pneumatic gun in unsuccessful efforts to kill them for slaughter.

Federal regulations say that to avoid unnecessary suffering during slaughter, animals must be rendered unconscious by a single shot to the head from a pneumatic gun that fires a bolt through the skull to pierce the brain.  But the process of meat purveying, Central Valley Meat Co.,which turns living beings into shreds of flesh, is apparently oblivious to their fear and pain--and to the law, as it races toward profit.

Most of the animals slaughtered by CVM are 'spent' dairy cows—the type depicted in dairy ads on TV as living wonderful lives in sunny  CA.  This is what happens to these gentle creatures after they are no longer economically viable as milk-producers to the dairy industry.  In other words, when they can no longer make money. 

The shocking video, which demonstrates alleged rampant animal abuse and suffering inside Central Valley Meat Co., has led the U.S. Department of Agriculture to shut down the slaughterhouse which was a major supplier of beef to In-N-Out Burger and to the U.S. National School Lunch Program for American children

California has been a leader in efforts to bring humane treatment to animals whose lives were ending in a slaughterhouse. But on January 23, 2012, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that regulation of the nation’s slaughterhouses is exclusively up to the federal government.  In doing so, the Court struck down a 2009 California law that required immediate euthanization of livestock that are too sick or weak to walk.

“The justices agreed with the National Meat Association that California’s 2009 law violates a federal statute that sets national standards for meat safety and gives federal inspectors the final word on what to do about ‘nonambulatory’ livestock, reports The Washington Post.

On Monday, August 20, at Central Valley Meat Co. in Hanford, California, the USDA suspended operation of the plant after it received hours of videotape from the Washington D.C.-based animal-welfare group on Friday. Compassion Over Killing (COK), said its undercover investigator was employed by the slaughterhouse and made the video over a two-week period in June and early July.

 USDA regulators who shut down the slaughterhouse are now investigating whether beef from sick cows reached the human food supply, according to the Daily Mail.

'It's a good sign that the USDA is taking this seriously, but I want to see what comes next,' said Erica Meier of Compassion Over Killing.  She added that the video will be posted on the organization's website. 

After viewing the video, executives of California’s popular fast-food chain,  In-N-Out Burger, immediately severed the company’s ties with CVM. A spokesman for In-N-Out Burger said that CVM provided between 20 to 30 percent of the meat used by their restaurants and that it canceled its contract immediately.

On its website, Compassion Over Killing states that it focuses on cruelty to animals in agriculture and promotes vegetarian eating as a way to build a kinder world for all of us, both human and nonhuman .

Nowhere more than in this film by COK has Paul McCartney’s personal statement in the documentary,  “Glass Windows,” been more clearly demonstrated: “If Slaughterhouses Had Windows, Everyone Would Be A Vegetarian.”

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Sources: (Compassion Over Killing)