USDA Orders Largest-Ever Beef Recall After Alleged Animal Cruelty

Monday, February 18, 2008

143 million pounds of beef recalled

We are almost to the point of being afraid to eat anything any more.  Is it due to laziness or lack of concern of the USDA or due to our economy forcing those who raise cattle for a living to try and include as many of their cattle as possible in order to make a living?…..(flagranny2)

LOS ANGELES —  An undercover video showing crippled and sick animals being shoved with forklifts has led to the largest beef recall in the United States and a scramble to find out if any of the meat is still destined for school children’s lunches.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Sunday ordered the recall of 143 million pounds of beef from a Southern California slaughterhouse that is the subject of an animal-abuse investigation.

The recall will affect beef products dating to Feb. 1, 2006, that came from Chino-based Westland/Hallmark Meat Co., the federal agency said. The company provided meat to various federal programs.

Officials estimate that about 37 million pounds of the recalled beef went to school programs, but they believe most of the meat probably has already been eaten.

“We don’t know how much product is out there right now. We don’t think there is a health hazard, but we do have to take this action,” said Dr. Dick Raymond, USDA Undersecretary for Food Safety.

Click here for the USDA recall release (PDF)

Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer said his department has evidence that Westland did not routinely contact its veterinarian when cattle became non-ambulatory after passing inspection, violating health regulations.

“Because the cattle did not receive complete and proper inspection, Food Safety and Inspection Service has determined them to be unfit for human food and the company is conducting a recall,” Schafer said in a statement. [For the complete article click here]

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UPDATED:Michael Vick Sentenced to 23 Months in Jail for Role in Dogfighting Conspiracy

Monday, December 10, 2007
Source: CNN-CNN.com

(FILES) In this file picture taken 26 July 2007, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick (C) is escorted by US Marshals as he leaves the federal courthouse following his arraignment in Richmond, Virginia.  The lawyer of Michael Vick, Billy Martin, said 08 January 2008 the disgraced National Football League quarterback has been transferred from a Virginia jail to one in Kansas in a move which could see his sentenced reduced.   AFP PHOTO/FILES/POOL/HARAZ N. GHANBARI (Photo credit should read HARAZ N. GHANBARI/AFP/Getty Images)RICHMOND, Virginia (CNN) — Michael Vick, once one of the highest paid players in the National Football League, was sentenced to 23 months in prison for financing a dogfighting ring and helping to kill pit bulls that did not fight aggressively. Vick’s stunning downfall from NFL superstar to disgraced dogfighting defendant culminated Monday in a 90-minute sentencing hearing in federal court in Richmond, Virginia.Vick was dressed in a black-and-white striped prison suit and apologized to the his family and to the judge.“You need to apologize to the millions of young people who looked up to you,” responded U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson.Vick also acknowledged he used “poor judgment” and added he was ready to accept responsibility.Vick, 27, had faced a maximum of five years in prison. Federal sentencing guidelines recommended a sentence of 12 to 18 months.  U.S. Attorney Chuck Rosenberg said after the hearing that the investigation “exposed a seamy side of our society.” He added, “I hope Mr. Vick learned important lessons and that his admission of guilt will speed his rehabilitation.”

Vick and three co-defendants still face trial on state dogfighting charges in Virginia.   [For full story]

Vick indicted by state grand jury in dogfighting case

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

SUSSEX, Va.  — A Virginia grand jury indicted suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick on state dogfighting charges Tuesday, prosecutors announced

The grand jury brought two charges against Vick: one count of killing dogs and one of promoting dogfights. In a plea agreement on federal charges, the quarterback has admitted to bankrolling a dogfighting operation from his home in Surry County, Virginia.

Arraignment for Vick is scheduled for October 3.

Vick and three associates — Purnell Peace, 35, of Virginia Beach; Quanis Phillips, 28, of Atlanta, Georgia; and Tony Taylor, 34, of Hampton, Virginia — had pleaded guilty to federal charges related to the dogfighting venture and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.

Surry County Commonwealth Attorney Gerald Poindexter said earlier he would present more than 10 state bills of indictment against Vick and his co-defendants.

Vick, 27, faces a possible prison term of 12 to 18 months after his August guilty plea to a federal conspiracy charge related to the dogfighting ring. After the plea, the National Football League suspended him indefinitely without pay.

He faces sentencing on December 10 in U.S. District Court in Richmond on the federal charges. Read about federal case against Vick »

Poindexter defended his decision to bring more charges against the four because the federal case didn’t address crimes committed in Surry County.

“Crime was committed here. How do you ignore it?” Poindexter said to reporters outside the grand jury courtroom. “Not piling on anybody, just looking out for Surry County.”

The grand jury is composed of six people, two black males, two black females and two white females.

 

Michael Vick Speaks About Dogfighting Guilty Plea

Monday, August 27, 2007

RICHMOND, Va – Vick, made his appearance in court today and as expected pleaded guilty.  As he stood before Judge Hudson he citied what I would call the normal scripted apology with the exception of adding his own ignorant remarks. 

  1. Stating his actions were inmature and he needed to grow up [how ignorant is that statement?  What actions would he have done if he felt he was mature?  He made it sound like dog fighting was a childish game, how thought provoking is that as a role model….fg2]

  2. Stating dog fighting is a terrible thing [stating dog fighting is a terrible thing but has yet to admit that it is cruel and  inhumane and unconscionable but bless his heart he didn’t participate in the gambling and betting so does that mean he feels that justifies his actions in helping to kill the dogs that were not fit for fighting….fg2] 

Vick also repeatedly apologized to his young football fans, saying his behavior was “immature.”

“I apologize to the young kids for my immature acts,” Vick said. “What I did was immature and I need to grow up,” he said.

Asking for “forgiveness and understanding,” Vick said he would “turn my life over to God. That’s the right thing to do right now.”

“Dogfighting is a terrible thing and I reject it,” he said. [and the only reason he has made these statements is because he was caught, not because he knew or felt it was wrong to begin with……. at this point I am siging off any further posts regarding Michael Vick. I think everything that can be said has been said and his sentence isn’t until December.  I realize there will be ongoing events regarding his career, his salary, etc but that would entail daily posts which at this point would be ludicrous….. flagranny2]

For the full story >>> continue

NFL Suspends Michael Vick Indefinitely, Without Pay

Friday, August 24, 2007

Fox News – No matter how nuanced his confession for involvement in dogfighting, Michael Vick got no leniency Friday from the NFL.Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended the Atlanta Falcons quarterback indefinitely without pay, just hours after Vick filed a plea agreement that portrayed him as less involved than three co-defendants and guilty mainly of poor judgment for associating with them.

Vick acknowledged bankrolling gambling on the dogfights, but denied placing bets himself or taking any of the winnings. He admitted that dogs not worthy of the pit were killed “as a result of the collective efforts” of himself and two co-defendants.

Click here to read Vick’s plea agreement.

Goodell wasn’t moved and didn’t bother to wait until Monday, when U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson will formally accept the plea and set a sentencing date likely to land Vick in prison for one to five years.

The commissioner said Vick’s admitted conduct was “not only illegal but also cruel and reprehensible.” Even if he didn’t personally place bets, Goodell said, “your actions in funding the betting and your association with illegal gambling both violate the terms of your NFL player contract and expose you to corrupting influences in derogation of one of the most fundamental responsibilities of an NFL player.”

“Vick did not gamble by placing side bets on any of the fights. Vick did not receive any of the proceeds of the purses that were won by Bad Newz Kennels,” the court document said.

According to the statement, Vick also was involved with the others in killing six to eight dogs that did not perform well in testing sessions last April. The dogs were executed by drowning or hanging.

“Vick agrees and stipulates that these dogs all died as a result of the collective efforts” of Vick, Phillips and Peace, the statement said.

The above is an excerpt taken from the full story which you can follow  here

 

Michael Vick’s Co-Defendant Pleads Guilty in Dogfighting Case

RICHMOND, Va.  As expected, this morning Tony Taylor, a co-defendant in the Michael Vick’s dogfighting case, pleaded guilty to 2 charges. 1) conspiracy to travel in interstate commerce in aid of unlawful activities, and 2) conspiring to sponsor a dog in an animal fighting venture. [Full Story]

[In my own words…Apparently this gives him the right to not having his sentence increased regardless of his testimony during the trial but does not assure him of no sentence at all.  He has not been granted or promised no prison term at all so he had nothing to lose by pleading guilty. 

Some are saying he has “flipped on Vick” or “his homies sellout” and now the NAACP gets involved.  Is this really a race issue?  The charges are about committing a crime and does not speak to a specific race. 

I believe innocent until proven guilty but there is NO WAY this a race issue but a case about “etreme animal abuse”.   flagranny2]

Artist eats dog to protest alleged animal cruelty

CNN.com
POSTED: 8:29 p.m. EDT,
May 30, 2007

In my book I can think of better ways of protesting without going to this extreme to get a point across.  To me this is just as cruel, if not worse.

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LONDON, England (AP) — A British performance artist has eaten part of a corgi — the breed of dog Queen Elizabeth II favors as pets — to protest the alleged mistreatment of animals by the royal family.

Mark McGowan dined on corgi meatballs Tuesday at a table set up on a London street in hopes of drawing attention to media reports that Prince Philip, the queen’s husband, had beaten a fox to death during a hunt. The event was broadcast over a live radio program.

Yoko Ono, featured on the same radio program, also tasted a bit of the dog, McGowan said. Ono’s spokesman did not immediately return calls or e-mails seeking comment.

“We love our animals in Britain,” McGowan told AP Television News. “Why is it then that we then allow people — especially people who are supposed to be ambassadors for this country — to treat animals with such disrespect?”

Buckingham Palace declined to comment, and Britain’s top animal-protection charity said there was no evidence to support the claim that Prince Philip abused the fox.

To make the corgi more palatable, it was minced with apple, onion and seasoning, turned into meatballs and served with salad.

McGowan said the corgi he consumed had died recently at a breeding farm and had not been killed for the purposes of the protest. He did not say what the dog had died from.

“I ate three lumps of it. But I spat two of them out, so I really ate one and a half of them,” McGowan said.

The stunt was aired during the Bob and Roberta Smith radio program, broadcast at a London-based arts station.

The queen has a particular fondness for corgis, and they have the run of Buckingham Palace — even during formal state events.