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Perhaps the most disturbing animal cruelty video ever

Sometimes you think you have seen it all and then you see something like this.  From Tom Philpott at Grist:

Right now, in at least three states, meat-industry lobbyists (in league with Monsanto) are pushing legislation that would criminalize the practice of sneaking cameras onto factory farms. In the meantime, here’s the latest video, from Mercy For Animals; it was filmed in a large Texas calving operation for the dairy industry called E6. Warning: This is the roughest of these videos that I’ve ever seen; it opens with a man killing a sick calf by smashing its brains in with a pickaxe.

I am stunned, but not speechless.  Videos like these are shocking, but taking them should never be illegal – doing what is depicted in the video has to be.

  • Jeff Almer

    Absolutely sickening! !I can stomach many things but I could not watch after the first few seconds. I say make the twisted meat industry officials and their paid for lobbyists watch every damn second.

  • Bill Anderson

    This is sick and wrong!!! No animals should ever have to live and die like that!!!!
    But just making it illegal will not stop this kind of abuse and mistreatment, it will only drive it further underground. The problem is systemic — our disconnection with nature and where our food comes from, because our corrupt industrialized CAFO system.
    We need more consumers connecting with their farmers. We need more small farmers who respect their animals and respect the earth.
    Your bureaucratic legislative solutions will not end animal abuse, Bill. Having more small family farmers, and consumers who know their farmers WILL end animal abuse.
    The farmers who raise the food I eat do not treat their animals like this. Do yours?

  • It can be done

    I saw this on our local news here in Dallas last night, and I have not been able to stop thinking about it today. I don’t understand what kind of man could be so desensitized that he could do this to any living, breathing animal. I find this to be the most inhumane act of cruelty I have ever witnessed. I have never wished physical harm to anyone, not even an enemy, but to these men, I wish a horrible, painful death AND afterlife. I am so upset I want to find this E6 ranch myself and give these disgusting men a piece of my mind.

  • Minkpuppy

    I shut this off after a few seconds into it. There’s better ways to euthanize a sick animal than pickaxes and hammers. The farm’s veterinarian should have advised them on proper euthanization. Heck, a gun would have been quicker and kinder than this treatment. :-(
    All around FAIL!

  • OMG. I can stomach many things but I could not watch after the first few seconds. We need more small farmers who respect their animals and respect the earth. I wish a horrible, painful death AND afterlife. I am so upset I want to find this E6 ranch myself and give these disgusting men a piece of my mind.

  • http://www.bloggernews.net/126457
    might i add please. cows in the disgusting video shown, some dead stock
    downer cows, were fed to our children all across the USA via the USDA, by
    the NSLP. you cannot change these facts. for over 4 years, dead stock downer
    cows, the most high risk cattle for mad cow disease and other deadly
    pathogens, were force fed to our kids via the NSLP. i don’t care how many
    times i say this, and or how many times folks don’t want to hear it, i will
    never let them forget. BECAUSE OF these secret Videos, this deadly practice
    was stopped last year i.e. dead stock downers going into the food supply.
    however, who will watch our children for the next 50 years for CJD ? the
    hallmark blunder was just one of many, just that this time one got caught.
    how could someone want to criminalize video taping this gross mismanagement
    of these animals ? let alone the fact these dead stock downer cows were fed
    to our kids. don’t be fooled either, the largest beef recall (at the time),
    was not done because a few animals were abused. r e a l l y. if not for that
    video, the largest beef recall in history (at the time), would never have
    happened. you make it illegal, and all bets are off with food safety. MY
    question to some that don’t want video in slaughterhouses etc., and want to
    make it illegal to show the world that the USDA via the NSLP was poisoning
    our children, were any of your children fed these dead stock downers ???
    http://www.fns.usda.gov/fns/safety/pdf/Hallmark-Westland_byState.pdf
    TSS