Animal Cruelty Charges Filed After Mercy For Animals Undercover Investigation Exposes Shocking Abuse At Livestock Auction
2012 JUN 14 (VerticalNews) -- By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Agriculture Week -- Mercy For Animals (MFA), a national animal protection organization based in Los Angeles, released shocking hidden-camera video footage of severe animal abuse and neglect at Ontario Livestock Sales, one of the oldest and largest livestock auctions in Southern California.
The video footage, which led to 21 cruelty to animals charges against seven employees and the auction's owner, shows sheep, goats, pigs and other animals being kicked, beaten and stomped on, and sick or injured animals being neglected and left to slowly suffer and die without food, water or veterinary care.
After reviewing the hidden-camera footage, Dr. Temple Grandin, the world's leading expert on farmed animal welfare and advisor to the USDA and meat industry, said, "The handling was very rough and kicking animals is not acceptable. If this auction had been a federally inspected meat packing plant, they would have suspended inspection and shut them down."
Following the undercover investigation, MFA immediately alerted law enforcement authorities to violations of California's anti-cruelty laws at Ontario Livestock Sales and presented a detailed legal petition and meticulously compiled evidence of the violations to the San Bernardino County District Attorney. As a result of MFA's investigation, and a follow up investigation by law enforcement, seven employees and the auction's owner have been charged with a total of 21 counts of animal cruelty. The case is ongoing.
"This case graphically illustrates the cruel, inhumane and illegal abuses that farmed animals are all too often subjected to in California," said Nathan Runkle, executive director at Mercy For Animals. "In a civilized society, it is our moral obligation to protect all animals, including animals raised and killed for food, from needless suffering. We hope these charges send a strong message to livestock auctions that animal abuse will not be tolerated."
To view the undercover video, visit http://www.mercyforanimals.org/auction/
Keywords for this news article include: Livestock, Agriculture, Animal Abuse, Veterinarian, Animal Cruelty, Animal Welfare, Mercy For Animals.
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