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Cow Makes Break for Freedom in NYC

Cops corralled it after slaughterhouse escape

(Newser) - A cow destined for the dinner table ran away and enjoyed a brief taste of freedom in New York City before being captured by police and returned to a slaughterhouse. Video posted by the New York Post shows the brown-and-white cow trotting past shops and restaurants in a busy Queens... More »

Woman Could Go to Prison for Giving Thirsty Pigs Water

Anita Krajnc tried to give the pigs a sip on their way to be slaughtered

(Newser) - "Jesus said, 'If they are thirsty, give them water.'" The "they" in this case were pigs packed into a tractor-trailer en route to an Ontario slaughterhouse on June 22, and the speaker of that sentence—which is captured on video —is Anita Krajnc. The... More »

Cow Escapes Slaughter, Gets Shot by Cop

2 more still on the run from Idaho plant

(Newser) - A cow that jumped a 6-foot fence when it was about to be slaughtered led cops on a wild chase through the streets of Pocatello, Idaho, before it was shot dead and brought back to the slaughterhouse. The 1,000-pound heifer—which kept running after a police officer shot it... More »

Feds: Slaughterhouse Swapped Heads to Fool Inspectors

4 indicted over massive recall of diseased beef

(Newser) - Workers at the Rancho Feeding Corp. were up to something pretty stomach-churning while inspectors were on their lunch break, according to a federal indictment: They slaughtered cows with eye cancer, hid the heads in gut bins, and placed the heads of healthy cows next to the carcasses. The co-owners and... More »

USDA Recalls Beef Meant for School Lunches

Plastic pieces found in meat

(Newser) - If you sent your children to school for "hot lunch" this morning, you’ll want to see this… or maybe you won’t. The USDA recalled beef after small pieces of plastic were found in it—but it’s who the meat was meant for that’s grabbing headlines.... More »

Horse Slaughter in US? Maybe

USDA gives Valley Meat Co. OK to covert cattle plant into horse plant

(Newser) - Valley Meat Co., got a coveted OK today: The USDA approved the New Mexico-based company's application to morph a cattle plant into a horse slaughterhouse; it would be the first such processing facility permitted to operate in the US since the practice was effectively banned by Congress seven years... More »

We Need Webcams in Slaughterhouses

Jedediah Purdy calls for transparency

(Newser) - So-called "ag-gag laws," already enacted or being considered in several states, make it a crime for journalists or activists to take undercover photos and videos inside slaughterhouses, in some cases even branding such reporters "animal and ecological terrorists." The argument goes that such images unfairly portray... More »

Beef Plant in Abuse Video Supplied In-N-Out, Schools

Burger chain cancels contract with Calif. slaughterhouse

(Newser) - The California slaughterhouse closed down for alleged animal abuse counted the In-N-Out burger chain among its biggest customers, reports ABC . The Central Valley Meat plant provided between 20% and 30% of the beef used in the chain's burgers, according to an In-N-Out spokesman, who says the chain canceled its... More »

Feds Shut Calif. Slaughterhouse After Abuse Video

Dairy cows shocked, kicked, shot repeatedly before slaughter

(Newser) - Federal officials have shut down a California slaughterhouse after receiving an undercover video showing dairy cows, some unable to walk, being repeatedly shocked, kicked and shot, according to authorities. Investigators, sent to the Central Valley Meat company after officials viewed the heartbreaking footage, found evidence of "egregious inhumane handling... More »

Why America Should Eat Horse

It's a cheap, relatively healthy meat option for the poor: Josh Ozersky

(Newser) - When Congress lifted the ban on funding horse meat inspections , no one exactly cheered, because Americans find the idea of eating horse meat “gross.” But maybe it’s time to get over “our national revulsion” against the stuff, writes Josh Ozersky in Time . For one thing, since... More »

PETA Sees Benefit to US Horse Slaughter

It's better than exporting them, group says

(Newser) - Congress’ new spending bill ending an effective ban on domestic horse slaughter may sound like a custom-made PETA target—but actually, the group sees some good in the change, the Los Angeles Times reports. Activists say it’s better to allow the slaughter of horses inside the US than to... More »

Horse Slaughterhouses Could Soon Rise Again

Congress lifts ban on funding horse meat inspections

(Newser) - When Congress passed a spending bill earlier this month to keep the government from shutting down, it quietly lifted a funding ban on horse meat inspections—meaning horses can once again be butchered in the US for human consumption, and slaughterhouses could open within 30 to 90 days. The US... More »

Aussies Ban Indonesia Cattle Exports After Shocking Videos

Images of slaughterhouse cruelty horrify nation

(Newser) - Australia has banned the export of live cattle to Indonesia amid a public outcry over cruelty in the Islamic country's slaughterhouses. Horrific images broadcast on Australian TV last week showed cattle being whipped, kicked and beaten before painful slaughter. Some cows were left to bleed to death after repeated... More »

No Happy Trails for Kentucky Derby Horses

The way we treat thoroughbreds is a disgrace, says Marlene Fanta Shyer

(Newser) - You might imagine that the horses who run in tomorrow’s Kentucky Derby live lives of "pampered luxury." But you’d be wrong, writes Marlene Fanta Shyer in the Christian Science Monitor . “The truth is often closer to years of abuse and a brutal end at a... More »

In US, a Push to Bring Back Horse Slaughterhouses

Even some animal welfare groups have joined the push

(Newser) - A fact that might surprise you: Horse slaughterhouses operated in the US until 2007. And another: Ranchers, horse owners, and some animal-welfare groups want them back. The unlikely trio is attending the Summit of the Horse in Las Vegas this week, where they're hoping to drum up a game plan... More »

What It's Like to Kill Your Own Turkey

At some farms, you can see firsthand where your meat comes from

(Newser) - Ariel Kaminer recently enjoyed the most flavorful turkey she’s ever eaten. And maybe this is why: She slaughtered it herself. Kaminer visited Madani Halal, a family-run slaughterhouse in Queens that is among the “small but significant number of farms” that allow customers to get truly up-close-and-personal with their... More »

Temple Grandin a 'Captivating' Look at Autism

Claire Danes shines in title role as animal behavior expert

(Newser) - Temple Grandin, the renowned animal behaviorist who credits her achievements to her autism, values "tangible results" over emotion—and so does her HBO biopic. The eponymous film, debuting tomorrow, "avoids the mawkish clichés" so typical of made-for-TV movies, instead delivering "a movie that is funny, instructive,... More »

Ground Beef Rife With E. Coli Risk

NYT investigation shows industry practices that leave lots to be desired

(Newser) - A nausea-inducing feature in the New York Times tells you more than you wanted to know about what's actually in commercially produced hamburger, and why it's especially vulnerable, despite FDA regulation and several fatal outbreaks in recent years, to E. coli contamination. The Times follows the case of a 22-year-old... More »

Debate Rages as Congress Mulls Ban on Horse Slaughter

(Newser) - All US horse slaughterhouses have closed, but horse slaughter remains a big business. Thousands are shipped to Mexico and Canada, with sometimes-grisly results. “The treatment of these animals is absolutely unspeakable,” said one Mexico City veterinarian tells Salon. Now, Congress is considering a bill to ban both slaughter... More »

Cow Cheats Death in NYC Slaughterhouse Breakout

Heifer hotfoots it through New York City streets after bolting from butchers

(Newser) - A 350-pound heifer made a successful run for its life from a New York City slaughterhouse yesterday, the New York Daily News reports. The fugitive was chased by cops—and a butcher—through city streets for an hour before it was cornered and forced into a police horse trailer. City... More »

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