Protect Sick Calves from Cruelty
An HSUS undercover investigation into Catelli Bros., a veal calf slaughter plant in New Jersey, found downed calves enduring horrible mistreatment and others inhumanely slaughtered. Downed calves -- those too injured, sick or weak to rise to their feet -- were shocked, kicked, lifted by their tails and ears, and dragged by chains. As a result of our investigation, the USDA suspended operations at the plant.
We commend the USDA for taking action at Catelli Bros., but stricter regulations are still needed. The federal rule banning the slaughter of downed adult cattle contains a loophole that excludes downed calves. Workers may resort to cruel handling practices to encourage the young, vulnerable calves to their feet. In 2009, The HSUS petitioned the USDA to close this loophole but the agency has not yet taken final action.
Watch the video from our investigation»
Then, send a message to Alfred Almanza, Administrator of USDA's Food Safety and Inspection services, thanking him for suspending operations at Catelli Bros., but urging the agency to close the loophole allowing continued abuse of downed calves.
Wayne Pacelle, President & CEO