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Inhumane Slaughter House

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Trenton, New Jersey (My9NJ) - When you sit down during dinner looking at the meal on your plate, chances are you are not thinking about how certain aspects of your meal got there in the first place. Meat products such as beef are essential to many American’s dietary needs, yet we tend to forget the rather robust and sometimes gruesome steps that are taken to get meat processed and packaged for the individual consumer. Slaughter Houses are a necessary part of our food industry but how we treat animals before they are put down is an issue that many activists fight for on a daily basis. It’s this sort of activism that has landed a south Jersey slaughter house in hot water due to the treatment of their cattle before they are laid to rest.

Catelli Bros. Company, located in Shrewsbury, New Jersey, has been put under investigation by the USDA after an alleged cruelty video emerged by the Humane Society detailing certain practices that some would say are simply uncalled for and potentially puts the welfare of public health at risk. The video details certain occurrences where still conscious calves were hung upside down on conveyor belts and also shows a young calf being prodded while struggling to walk. If you were wondering if there are certain rules that slaughter houses need to follow, the law requires keeping animals in a state of complete unconsciousness throughout the entire process. As workers refuse to give comment on the current investigation, Catelli Brothers released a statement detailing their position on the current investigation:

“Our Company is cooperating fully with U.S. Department of Agriculture officials as we investigate the situation,” said Catelli Brothers spokesman Mark Crouser.

Brian Shapiro of the Humane Society spoke to about why the organization investigated Catelli in the first place and what soon followed.

“We were looking for situations where calves may be mistreated. One of the loopholes in federal law is that a downed animal, an adult cow, that can’t stand up, must be humanly euthanized and not go into the food system to be slaughtered. However, there’s a loophole that says that a young calf that is a downer can be slaughtered. So we sent an investigator into Catelli Brothers with a camera at the end of 2013, took this footage, and realized there was a problem here,” Shapiro said.

Shapiro applauds the efforts by the USDA to try and close these types of loopholes in order to further keep our food supply in check. As of this point, investigation into Catelli Brothers is still ongoing.


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