Dragged Kicking and Screaming!

September 30th, 2009

The following sad story is certainly not an example of The Certified Humane Raised & Handled program.

This author was reading a short story today in a section of the Arizona Republic called News from Home. The article had no byline but was attributed to the Wire Services.

The title of the article was “Bull gives slaughterhouse run for its money – in vain”.

Police say a 1,400 pound bull that escaped from a northern New Jersey slaughterhouse dragged officers with a lasso down a street and ran 10 blocks before being captured and sedated. Chief John DeCando, spokesman for the Paterson Police’s animal control division, said the bull was being unloaded at ENA Meat Packing Inc. when it broke loose just before 8:30 a.m. Monday. DeCando said traffic was light during the Bull Run. He said the area where officers were dragged was not a residential area or near a school. Officers finally corralled the animal and DeCando was able to sedate it and return it to the slaughterhouse.

It certainly seems that this bull put up a valiant fight for its life. The appropriate ending might have been to find a farm willing to take the bull in and let is live out its life in a pleasant pasture or as a stud.

Many of us consume meat products. For procurement professionals, one way they can help is to make sure that farms, ranches, slaughterhouses and meat processors follow the most humane practices in order for your company to procure their meat products. One way to do that is to insist that your suppliers follow The Certified Humane Raised & Handled program.

The Certified Humane Raised & Handled program is an inspection, certification and labeling program for meat, poultry, egg and dairy products from animals raised to humane care standards. To learn more please visit The Certified Humane Raised & Handled website www.certifiedhumane.com.

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