A California slaughterhouse videoed abusing cattle four years ago will shell out over $300,000 to settle a lawsuit brought on by HSUS.
The Los Angeles Times reports the HSUS filed a federal False Claims Act suit against the Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Co. after undercover video showed plant workers using forklifts, electric prods and high-pressure water hoses on “downer cows.”
The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a recall of 143 million pounds of beef processed by the plant between 2006 and 2008. At the time, Halmark was the second-largest supplier of ground beef to the National School Lunch Program.
The Humane Society of the United States sued nine defendants, including Donald Hallmark Sr. and Donald Hallmark Jr., recovering $316,802 for the U.S. Department of Justice. The penalty will be paid over five years and the Los Angeles Times reports the HSUS will receive a “small portion” of the settlement for bringing the case.
HSUS accused Hallmark of misrepresenting its company in its federal school lunch program contracts which certify Hallmark would provide humane treatment of animals sent to the plant for slaughter.