LOS ANGELES (AP) — The U.S Department of Agriculture is telling slaughterhouse veterinary inspectors to ensure cattle are euthanized when they are too sick or injured to stand.

The directive issued Wednesday is meant to keep potentially contaminated meat out of the food supply. It alters current rules that allow so-called downer cows with treatable conditions to receive veterinary care and then be slaughtered for meat.

Consumers Union food safety expert Michael Hansen says the rule change appears to be in reaction to the 2008 abuse allegations at a California slaughterhouse that led to the largest beef recall in U.S. history.

Workers at Chino-based Westland/Hallmark Meat Co. were caught on videotape dragging sick and injured cows with chains and committing other abuses.

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Comments (6)
  1. lala63 says:

    HORRIBLE HORRIBLE … people are f-ing disgusting to treat animals this way. Makes me sick at my stomach. We should really just all be eating fruits and vegitables, nuts and seeds anyway. I am from Texas and in the 3rd grade our class was taken to a (beef) slaughter house. Horrific as hell.

    1. Astonished says:

      Science has proven that the introduction of meat into the diet of pre-humans accelerated the developement of our brains. While we, as a species may not be much, I’d much rather not be out there munching grass!

    2. mister s says:

      That sounds like an awesome school fieldtrip, I’m jealous now. I agree with the rule that if they are sick or cant stand that they should be euthanized, if not treated. I certainly would like to know that my half pound bacon cheeseburger came from healthy cow and pig specimens.

  2. Astonished says:

    I would prefer to know that the meat from “downer” animals isn’t going into my food chain.

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