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Help Get Video Cameras into Slaughterhouses

From: veganvet
Sent on: Sunday, April 20, 2008 1:27 PM
Hey all,

You're probably aware of the Chino/Hallmark slaughterhouse
investigation that occurred earlier this year.  Systematic cruelties
were uncovered, including pushing dying cows around with forklifts.
The exposure of this sort of barbaric treatment resulted in the
largest beef recall in US history.

It's important to note that this recall did NOT come about as a result
of USDA inspection.  What happened was the Humane Society of the
United States hired an investigator to work at the plant and to obtain
footage of animal treatment.  This sort of undercover investigation is
ridiculously time consuming and expensive to conduct, but it's
currently necessary because USDA inspectors are either incompetent at
discovering cruelty, or are intimidated into not reporting the cruelty
they do find.  There's ample evidence backing up my contention:

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gjgIDJ5Z2xZSLp6TUi-kRcCFXmPgD903T90O0

But there's some good news.  As a result of the Chino investigation,
members of Congress, on both sides of the aisle, have recognized that
the system is broken, and that the USDA is incapable of properly
investigating slaughterhouse cruelty.  They've therefore called for
video cameras to be installed at slaughterhouses.

Such an action wouldn't stop all slaughterhouse abuse but it's a vital
step in the right direction.  On Friday Erik Marcus, renown author of "Vegan: The New Ethics of Eating,"
"Meat Market: Animals, Ethics, and Money," and host of the famous www.vegan.com site, 
recorded an eighteen minute podcast about this:

http://www.vegan.com/2008/04/18/bonus-podcast-glass-walls-and-video/

And, as a result, one of Erik Marcus' listeners started a petition on the Care2
site, calling for Congress to pass legislation mandating the
installation of video cameras inside all United States
slaughterhouses.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/video-cameras-in-slaughterhouses

Won't you take two minutes to visit the above web page and to sign
this petition?  If you wish, I can forward your name and contact info to Erik Marcus
so he will keep you in the loop on future action to get this historic
initiative passed.  And finally, please get word of this petition out
to friends who are veggie or who care about animal cruelty.

Thanks,
Armaiti

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Armaiti May, D.V.M.
Dr. May's Veterinary House Calls
Serving dogs and cats in West LA
www.drmayvethousecalls.com
Phone: (310)[masked]
Fax: (310)[masked]

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