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Animal Cruelty Video Once Banned on YouTube Leads to Criminal Charges

E6 Cattle Co. Workers Face Felony Charges

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Earlier this month, we reported about a video uploaded to YouTube by Mercy for Animals, uncovering some animal cruelty happening at the E6 Cattle Co. in Texas. YouTube had pulled the video because of its graphic nature, but after a letter from Mercy for Animals, ended up reinstating it.

Interestingly enough, while Vimeo hosted the video while it was absent from YouTube, that site ended up pulling the video too. Mercy For Animals sent a similar letter to Vimeo, but Vimeo has not put it back up, and considers it a violation of its policies.

Now, Mercy for Animals says its video has led to cruelty to animals charges against the owner and workers of E6. According to the organization, Castro County District Attorney James R. Horton says warrants have been issued, charging five individuals with felonies and two with misdemeanors. Five former employees of E6 Cattle are facing charges of Cruelty to Livestock/Animals, which is a state jail felony.

Here’s the video. Be warned: it’s very graphic and brutal:

The video shows workers bludgeoning calves in their skulls with pickaxes and hammers, beaten calves, still alive and conscious, thrown onto piles to slowly suffer and die, workers kicking sick or injured calves in the head, and standing on their necks and ribs, etc. It’s bad.

“We commend the Castro County District Attorney and Sheriff’s Office for taking swift and decisive action in bringing these animal abusers to justice,” said Nathan Runkle, Executive Director of Mercy For Animals. “Let this case be a wake-up call to the dairy industry that cruelty to animals will not be tolerated.”

The whole thing does show the influence of the video, which in turn highlights the significance of whether or not it is available on popular video sites.

Animal Cruelty Video Once Banned on YouTube Leads to Criminal Charges
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  • Mac

    Great. Give them life in prison. There is no difference between these people and human murderers. These people feel nothing; have no conscience.

  • http://www.amflooring-uk.co.uk/floor-restoration.php Floor Sanding & Restoration

    These people deserve everything bad that comes to them. I hate people that are horrible to animals. Animals are so cute and normally don’t do anything wrong to deserve it. I hate peoe that feel they have the right to hurt animals.

  • noe

    this isnt right what there doing to the poor animals!!! the do not deserve any of that

  • Tina Dueholm

    I really hope these vicious people will end up behind bars. No punishment can be hard enough for them. They showed absolutely no mercy for the poor innocent animals who were in their custody. they are totally callous and insensitive to their poor victims.

    It really makes me so angry when people maltreat animals. All animals should be treated with love, care, respect and understanding. It doesn’t matter if it’s a domestic pet, farm animal or wild animals. All animals can feel pain, stress, fear etc.

    It’s also known that cruelty to animals often lead to cruelty to humans too(not that it’s worse on my opinion).

    I really hope that justice will be done to these evil people and they will pay for their maltreatment of the poor helpless animals.

  • http://farmanimals Joanne

    What Bastards, if I had of been there I would of quite happily put an axe through the so called pathetic little men in their peanut sized brains. And the more they cried the more I would do it. Those poor animals, shame on the bastard humans

  • http://farmanimals Joanne

    Bastards

  • Clare

    People tend to ignore things that are right in front of them, they need to see this horrible video clip and hopefully it will hit home for those blind sited people. I have no words to explain how I feel after watching this horrific footage, hopefully these men got a decent sentance, it’s just a pity some many innocent animals had indure this terrible ordeal before someone did something about it.

    There faces should not be covered everyone should know who they are…
    Not even in the wild does the predator make his catch suffer so much, how can we as a race have so much anger and hate towards something that is weaker than ourselves.