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Feds Say Company Hired Kids to Clean 'Kill Floor Equipment'

Some illegally hired workers at slaughterhouses were just 13 years old, Labor Department says

(Newser) - Federal law bans people under 18 from working in slaughterhouses because of the dangers involved, but a Tennessee-based company hired kids as young as 13 to clean plants in Virginia and Iowa, the Labor Department says. "Minors were used to clean dangerous kill floor equipment such as head splitters,...

Activists Save 1K Cats Bound to Become Dinner

Traders planned to pass off their meat as lamb, pork: report

(Newser) - A truck carrying 1,000 cats was headed for a slaughterhouse when officers made a crucial stop, according to Chinese police. Tipped off by animal rights activists, officers in the port city of Zhangjiagang found the truck was transporting the captured felines to their deaths so their meat could be...

'Open Secret' at Chicken Slaughterhouses: Kids at Work

Hannah Dreier reports on it for 'New York Times Magazine'

(Newser) - He was, according to his hospital paperwork, a 20-year-old man named Francisco. But hospital staffers in rural Virginia were perplexed because the patient in front of them—his arm nearly severed in a gruesome accident at a chicken slaughterhouse—was clearly just a kid. Investigative reporter Hannah Dreier explains the...

DOL: Firm Hired Kids to Work Overnight Shifts in Risky Jobs

Packers Sanitation Services hit with $1.5M fine for allegedly hiring minors to clean meatpacking plants

(Newser) - The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 bars all minors from working with certain hazardous equipment; prohibits kids who are 14 and 15 from working past 7pm, or for more than three hours a day; and mandates that children under the age of 14 can't work at all. Now,...

Butcher Fatally Injured After Pig Wakes Up

Hong Kong slaughterhouse worker was injured by his own cleaver

(Newser) - A butcher in a Hong Kong slaughterhouse was killed, apparently by his own cleaver, after a pig that he had shot with an electric stun gun unexpectedly woke up. Authorities say the 61-year-old worker at Sheung Shaui slaughterhouse on the northern outskirts of Hong Kong had been about to kill...

There's an 'Animal Welfare Disaster' You Don't Know About

Vox takes a look at the export of live animals, particularly by sea

(Newser) - It's an "animal welfare disaster" that's gone largely "unnoticed by the public," writes Sophie Kevany in a piece for Vox that details the issue at length: animals exported alive to other countries. That may sound relatively innocuous, but the reality of these transfers, particularly those...

Escaped Cows Stampede Through California Town

Local ranchers grabbed their lassos and headed to the scene

(Newser) - Forty cows made a break for freedom and stampeded through a California neighborhood after a slaughterhouse gate was left open. Video shows the cows running through streets in Pico Rivera, around 11 miles southeast of Los Angeles. Police say they shot and killed one of the animals after it charged...

Steer That Escaped Slaughter Still Loose a Month Later

He's been roaming Rhode Island since Feb. 4

(Newser) - Where's the beef? Still very much on the mooove in Rhode Island, per the AP . More than a month after escaping while being unloaded at a slaughterhouse, a 1,600-pound steer is still roaming the streets of Johnston , about 10 miles west of Providence. Police said Wednesday in a...

Dog Slaughterhouse to Be Bulldozed, Turned Into Park

'It was a stain on the city of Seongnam'

(Newser) - Tastes are changing in South Korea, where the country's largest dog slaughterhouse has been shut down. With fewer people eating dog meat and more people keeping dogs as pets, demand has been falling and a growing number of people consider the trade unacceptable, the BBC reports. "This is...

Facing Slaughter, Cow Makes a Swim for It

Precocious bovine saves her own bacon by fleeing to an island

(Newser) - Perhaps there's good reason the old saying references lambs to the slaughter, instead of cows: Faced with her own imminent doom as slaughterhouse workers tried to load her on a truck at the Polish farm where she was raised, one precocious bovine decided to make an impressive run for...

Trump Commutes a Sentence for the First Time

Rubashkin fraud was uncovered after immigration raid

(Newser) - Former meatpacking company exec Sholom Rubashkin will be going home to his 10 children after being the first person to have a sentence commuted by President Trump. The 57-year-old was eight years into a 27-year sentence for financial crimes uncovered after a massive immigration raid on an Iowa plant that...

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...

Woman Could Go to Prison for Giving Thirsty Pigs Water
Woman Could Go to Prison for Giving Thirsty Pigs Water
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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...

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...

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...

Horse Slaughter in US? Maybe
 Horse Slaughter in US? Maybe 

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...

We Need Webcams in Slaughterhouses
 We Need Webcams 
 in Slaughterhouses 

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...

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...

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...

Why America Should Eat Horse

 Why America 
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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...

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