Slaughterhouse Boss Faces Felony Charges

Cruelty charges follow video of Calif. meat packers abusing cattle
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 16, 2008 8:26 AM CST

(Newser) – Prosecutors hit a slaughterhouse manager with what they say are unprecedented felony charges yesterday after a video released last month showed abusive methods being used to push ailing cattle into a slaughter box, the Press-Enterprise reports. Daniel Ugarte Navarro, 49, faces over 8 years in prison if convicted of five felony counts of animal cruelty and three misdemeanor counts of illegal movement of a non-ambulatory animal.

Prosecutors also charged an assistant manager with the misdemeanor counts. In a video secretly filmed by the Humane Society, Navarro used forklifts, paddles, electric prods and high-pressure water hoses to force cows to their feet. "Waterboarding, I call it," the district attorney said. "It makes your stomach turn to see what they did to the cows." The two men didn't show up for their arraignment yesterday; warrants were issued for their arrest.