Congressmen Call For Hanford Slaughterhouse to Re-Open
Three Central Valley Congressmen have called on Agriculture Secretary Tom Vislack to allow the Hanford slaughterhouse at the center of an animal cruelty controversy to re-open. In a letter released today, Republican House members Kevin McCarthy, Devin Nunes and Jeff Denham called the shutdown of the Central Valley Meat Company unnecessary, and said the closure is causing economic hardship in the area. They said that the investigation into the plant's practices can continue should the plant re-open. The undercover video shot in July by the animal rights group Compassion Over Killing depicts animals being beaten, shocked and shot. The facility was closed by the USDA following the release of the video on Monday. In a separate statement released today, Congressman Nunes called the activists who recorded the undercover video "extremists" and the shutdown of the plant "economic terrorism." Restaurant chains McDonald's and In-N-Out both announced that they have stopped purchasing meat from the company. The U.S.D.A. has said that beef from the facility is safe.