Are we cruel to our food?

Are we cruel to our food?How well is your cow treated before it turns into your burger patty? Not great, you think, since you know how lax the laws are regarding factory farms.

Mandy Oaklander

Friday, October 5, 2012

BEEF

How well is your cow treated before it turns into your burger patty? Not great, you think, since you know how lax the laws are regarding factory farms. But how bad can it get, really? Very, according to the animal-rights group Compassion Over Killing, which recently released an undercover video taken at Central Valley Meat Co., a California slaughterhouse that supplies beef to the USDA National School Lunch Program, In-N-Out Burger, Costco, and McDonald’s. Workers there illegally shocked the cows repeatedly with electric prods, sometimes as many as 40 times. Many of the cows there died slow, agonizing deaths, and some captured on video weren’t even dead when they got to the slaughtering stage.

What’s being done: Since the video came out, the aforementioned companies severed their ties with Central Valley Meat Co. The USDA closed the plant down for a few days to address mishandlings, but then continued their lunch program contract with the company, reported Food Safety News.

What to eat instead: If you’re set on meat, go local and humane. Get your beef at a farmer’s market, where you can ask the farmer about their breeding–and slaughtering–practices.

source: http://health.yahoo.net/articles/nutrition/photos/8-cruelest-foods-you-eat#7

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