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2009-03-14 10:15:00

Sickly and hurt cows will not be permitted to walk into U.S. slaughterhouses, the Agriculture Department announced on Saturday, a year after the U.S.'s biggest meat recall inspired the change.The USDA projected a complete stop to all "downer" cattle from being killed in May 2008, only three months after a film found workers at the Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing plant in California pushing ill and injured cows into the slaughterhouse.After the film was made public, Hallmark recalled 143...

2008-09-24 06:00:22

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap [By Lee Joon-seung] Seoul, Sept. 24 (Yonhap) - South Korea approved imports of beef from 18 additional US slaughterhouses that met quality and sanitation standards, the government quarantine service said Wednesday. The National Veterinary Research and Quarantine Service (NVRQS) said permission was granted after inspectors checked to make sure the facilities maintained the industry-accepted Hazard Analysis and Critical Control...

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2008-09-15 14:47:55

European Union regulators are currently exploring new guidelines to govern the methods used by slaughterhouses to stun and kill cattle, pigs and poultry. The rules for how this is done have not been changed since 1993, and regulators say it's long overdue. "New technologies have been introduced, making some standards obsolete. Animal welfare concerns have grown in our society," the Commission said in a proposal to update the rules. "Massive killings during animal epidemics have raised...

2008-09-12 00:00:20

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/8d6e76/investment_report) has announced the addition of the "Investment Report on China Beef Industry" report to their offering. With beef production above 7 million tons, China is the 3rd largest beef producer in the world; but backyard farms and manual slaughter units are main players of the industry. Large cattle farms with annual cattle crop higher than 100 heads only gain a market share of 11% while modern...

2008-07-24 03:00:37

Farm Sanctuary Tricia Barry, 607-583-2225 ext. 233 tricia@farmsanctuary.org Farm Sanctuary, the nation's leading farm animal protection organization, today applauded California's Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for signing Assembly Bill 2098 (AB 2098) into law, which strengthens legal protections for downed animals in the state. AB 2098 outlaws the sale of meat for human consumption from animals too sick or injured to stand, and imposes stiff criminal penalties on those who sell such...

2008-07-14 12:00:35

By TRACIE CONE One dairy farm may lose 50 years of genetic development. FRESNO, Calif. -- More than 4,800 dairy cows at risk of carrying tuberculosis are being slaughtered this week in central California, where nearly 16,000 cattle in the country's largest milk-producing region have been quarantined, federal officials said. Undersecretary of Agriculture Bruce Knight met privately with local dairy operators Tuesday along with the state veterinarian and other industry officials...

2008-07-08 18:00:30

By Steve Dube FEARS that the network of abattoirs in Wales will be decimated by changes to the system of meat inspection charges have been allayed by Steve Wearne, director of Food Standards Agency Wales. Before a meeting of the FSA Board in Cardiff on July 17 to approve the new charges, Mr Wearne said there was no intention to move overnight from charging per animal to an hourly rate. Abattoir owners have argued that the change will disadvantage small slaughterhouses, which could see...

2008-06-21 09:00:16

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap SEOUL, June 21 (Yonhap) - South Korea said Saturday [ 21 June] that the United States has agreed not to export beef to South Korea from cattle older than 30 months, the latest additional measure to meet concerns here over the safety of U.S beef. The two sides also reached an agreement in their talks over the past week in Washington to ban shipment to South Korea of heads and spinal cords from US cattle under 30 months old....

2008-06-15 03:00:12

"If one person is unkind to an animal, it is considered to be cruelty, but where a lot of people are unkind to animals, especially in the name of commerce, the cruelty is condoned and, once sums of money are at stake, will be defended to the last by otherwise intelligent people." - Ruth Harrison, "Animal Machines," 1964 History and literature are filled with stories of country boys who move to the city to make their mark on the world. Gene Bauer did the opposite. He grew up in L.A.,...

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2008-02-19 00:00:00

DENVER - Despite a secretly taped video showing workers at a southern California slaughterhouse abusing sick or crippled animals, nearly all cattle bound for U.S. dinner tables are treated humanely, a cattle industry spokesman said Monday. The undercover video taken at the Westland/Hallmark Meat Co. of Chino, Calif., by the Humane Society of the United States shows workers shocking, kicking and shoving debilitated cattle with forklifts and has led to the largest recall of beef in U.S....