An HSUS investigation uncovers shocking abuse of downed cows at livestock auctions across the country.
[동영상]美 광우병 의심소 Downer!!
미국의 동물보호단체인 휴메인소사이어티는 7일 소위 '다우너(Downer)'라 불리는 광우병 의심 소들이 미국 각지의 소 경매장에 쓰러져 있는 모습이 담긴 동영상을 공개했다고 합니다. 관련 동영상은 아래 링크를 참고하세요.
암튼 이런 광우병 의심 소들이 제대로 된 검역시스템이 작동치 않는 미국 내에서 도축되어 한국으로 수입될 경우 그 결과는 정말 암울할뿐입니다. 이명박 정부와 한나라당이 광우병 괴담이라 폄하하던 것들도 속속들이 사실로 드러나고 있는 지금. 소갈머리 없고 줏대없이 막무가내로 미국에게 퍼준 이명박 정권의 쇠고기 협상으로 궁민들만 피곤하고 불안할 따름입니다.
아참 이명박 정권은 미국산 쇠고기의 광우병 위험성을 보도한 MBC PD수첩에 대한 민.형사 소송을 검토하고 있다고 합니다. 참나 궁민들이 나서서 집단소송을 걸고 탄핵해도 시원찮을 상대는 광우병 미국산 쇠고기를 지멋대로 수입개방한 이명박 정권인데 되레 국민의 알권리를 위해 정권의 언론탄압이 불보듯 함에도 언론으로서의 역할을 다한 시사프로그램을 죽이려 들다니. 정말 하는 짓거리를 보면 박정희, 전두환 군사독재 그 때 그 시절로 돌아간 듯 합니다.
Expanded Undercover Investigation Shows Mistreatment of Downer Cows Is Commonplace at Livestock Auctions
May 7, 2008
The shocking abuse of "downer" cows occurs not just at slaughter plants but may be an everyday happening at livestock auctions and stockyards around the country—the midpoints between farm and slaughter—as shown in an expanding undercover investigation by The Humane Society of the United States.
"Downer" cows are those too frail to stand on their own—dragged and prodded with inhumane handling methods, and increasing the threat of carrying and passing disease.
During April and May, HSUS investigators visited auctions in Maryland, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Texas and videotaped downer cows at each stop—animals left to suffer for hours and in one instance overnight.
Executives of The HSUS brought preliminary evidence of the abuse to the attention of U.S. Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer last week at a face-to-face meeting, and Secretary Schafer has promised to examine the issue. The HSUS looks forward to working with USDA to address the problem.
"This has to stop immediately," said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS. "Our earlier investigation into the callous and abusive treatment of live animals at a slaughter plant in California appalled the nation and led to the largest meat recall in U.S. history.
These new video images show that the rot in the factory farming system of raising animals goes much deeper. The problems are systemic, the laws and regulations are inadequate, and the industry's resolve insufficient."
The HSUS urged Secretary Schafer to expedite regulations that would require more humane treatment of animals destined for the food supply, at every step from producer to slaughter.
Desperate Need for Tougher Policies
Until this loophole is closed, producers and middlemen in the supply chain have a financial incentive to push sick and injured animals to the brink—and in many cases to torture them beyond the brink—in attempts to turn them into profitable beef.
Until the federal government steps in to assume firm jurisdiction, the food supply will be subject to the patchwork vagaries of local and state regulation, which can mean no oversight at all.
Details of the new undercover HSUS investigation include:
• At the Livestock Exchange (LSX) in Hereford, Texas, HSUS investigators videotaped two downed cows left in the parking lot for four hours. Neither cow could lift her head. They were still alive in the parking lot at closing time. HSUS had received a complaint from a passing motorist about live, downed cows at LSX hanging from their legs by chains attached to a front-end loader.
• At the Westminster auction in Maryland, HSUS investigators documented a downed cow abandoned outside of the auction barn, left to suffer through the night. HSUS investigators contacted agents with the Carroll County Humane Society. An officer expertly ended the cow’s suffering.
• At the Clovis Livestock Auction in New Mexico, two downed cows were filmed over a period of five hours. One was suffering from obvious pain, flailing her legs as she expelled watery feces into the pen where other cows were held for auction.
• At the Greencastle Livestock Auction in Pennsylvania, HSUS investigators documented a calf only days old who was unable to stand and left to die.
In 2002, Congress directed the USDA to investigate the question of downed animals at livestock auctions and markets—including the scope of problems, the causes, and the resulting cruel treatment of animals. Further, Congress ordered the USDA to follow up with "regulations to provide for the humane treatment, handling, and disposition of nonambulatory livestock by stockyards, market agencies, and dealers."
The video evidence produced by this investigation clearly demonstrates that dairy farmers and auction houses have not solved the problems on their own—far from it.
Release of this phase of The HSUS investigation into downer cows follows January’s undercover video of animals being tortured at the Westland/Hallmark slaughter plant in Chino, Calif., a major supplier to the National School Lunch Program.
This investigation resulted in the recall of 143 million pounds of meat, the shuttering of the plant, and widespread loss of confidence in the U.S. food production system and regulatory safeguards.
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