USDA investigates animal cruelty claims against slaughterhouse

Posted at 10:59 PM, Aug 21, 2012

Federal food safety officials temporarily shut down a Central California meat processing plant to investigate evidence of animal cruelty.

On Friday, The U.S. Department of Agriculture reviewed undercover video from the Central Valley Meat Company in Hanford. It allegedly showed inhumane handling of livestock.

The Los Angeles Times reports the video included cows headed for slaughter that were shocked, suffocated and shot in the head.

The USDA suspended operations at the plant while it investigates.

According to The Fresno Bee, fast food chain “In-N-Out Burger” has cut ties with the meat plant after learning about the allegations.