Last week, animal-rights organization Compassion Over Killing released the first ever undercover footage captured at a lamb slaughterhouse in the United States. The hidden-camera footage was captured at California-based Superior Farms, the largest producer of lamb in the country, and supplier to mega-chains Walmart and Kroger. The video captured workers ineffectively slashing lambs’ throats and cutting off their tails while they were still conscious, amongst other egregious abuses that former USDA chief veterinary meat inspector Lester Castro Friedlander classified as violations of the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act. COK also documented workers failing to send meat through metal detectors (as mandated by company policy) and altering “best by” dates on packaged products—actions that raise health concerns for human consumption. “As we captured on camera inside Superior Farms,” COK’s executive director Erica Meier says, “consumers can now see what these gentle lambs are forced to endure in their final days.” In addition to meat, Superior Farms sells lambskin to the fashion industry, as well as animal parts—such as lungs, tails, trachea, and ears—to be used for producing dog treats. Meier advises that, “The best way we can help lambs and all animals is to leave them off our plates.” COK’s footage comes on the heels of last week’s release of a similar video documenting cruelty against pigs, captured by animal-rights group Mercy for Animals at Hormel supplier (and largest pork producer in the country) The Maschhoffs in Oklahoma.
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