Calif. beef plant worker sentenced in abuse case
CHINO, Calif. (AP) — A former slaughterhouse worker was sentenced Wednesday to jail and probation after being seen abusing sick and injured cattle in a secretly taped video that prompted the largest beef recall in U.S. history.
Daniel Ugarte Navarro pleaded no contest in June to two felony counts of animal cruelty and two misdemeanor counts of cruelty to downed animals.
The Humane Society of the United States shot the video at Westland/Hallmark Meat Co. in Chino, leading to a federal investigation and the recall of 143 million pounds of beef in February.
The video shows the workers dragging sick cows with metal chains and forklifts, shocking them with electric prods and shooting streams of water in their noses and faces. Read More
When one person involved in the livestock industry does something like this, the entire industry feels the effects. Finally putting closure on this event is a good thing. It is time to reflect on the lessons learned and now go forward and do what we can to prevent this type of activity.