Byline: Tracie Cone; 2012-08-21; The Associated Press;
Report: Undercover Along the Food ChainArticle Links
"The case is reminiscent of a 2008 undercover operation by the Humane Society of the United States at the Hallmark slaughter plant in Chino, California, that led to the largest-ever recall of beef and the conviction of two people found to have treated the cows cruelly. In that case, video showed downed cows being prodded with a forklift. . ."
Description:Datelined Fresno, California, an AP dispatch reports that federal regulators shut down the Central California slaughterhouse of the Central Valley Meat Co., owned by Brian and Lawrence Coelho, after receiving undercover video from an animal welfare group called Compassion Over Killing. Its undercover investigator made the video while employed by the firm for a two-week period in June 2012, for which he produced pay stubs. The USDA moved immediately to shut down the plant while it investigated further. Compassion Over Killing did not partner with a news organization but sent in its own reporter.
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