Because of a video obtained by The Humane Society of the United States, the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture has closed a slaughterhouse of calves:
A New Jersey company involved in the veal and lamb business for more than 65 years was forced to shut down last Friday when USDA inspectors left the building because of alleged inhumane practices going on inside.
At least two egregious violations of federal humane handling requirements documented on a video obtained by the Humane Society of the United States (HBUS) were enough for USDA to shut down the Catelli Brothers, Inc., veal slaughter plant in Shrewsbury, NJ.
-- From “Slaughter Plant Closes After HSUS Video Prompts USDA Inspectors to Leave,” at this January 28, 2014 Global FoodMate site:
The above-mentioned video is posted here:
The Humane Society reports that Perdue Farms is being sued twice, over Perdue's alleged false advertising of factory-farmed chicken products as “humane”:
Earlier this year a federal court in New Jersey rejected Perdue’s attempt to have a similar case dismissed, paving the way for that action to proceed. Both lawsuits allege that Perdue’s “humanely raised” labels mislead consumers.
Public records obtained from USDA—which Perdue fought to keep hidden from public view—show that the standards upon which Perdue bases its “Humanely Raised” claim are the voluntary so-called “Animal Welfare Guidelines” of the National Chicken Council—the trade group for the chicken industry. The suit alleges that those guidelines allow for mistreatment that no reasonable consumer would consider humane.
-- From “Second Class Action Lawsuit Filed Challenging Perdue’s ‘Humane’ Claims” at this October 24, 2013 Humane Society of the United States site: http://www.humanesociety.org/news/press_releases/2013/10/perdue-humane-claims-lawsuit-102413.html