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Video allegedly shows cows shot, shocked at meat processing plant

August 20, 2012 |  9:19 pm

A Hanford, Calif., meat processing plant was shut down after federal agriculture investigators received a video allegedly showing cows being shocked and shot.

Brian Coelho, president of Central Valley Meat Co., told the Fresno Bee on Monday that the firm suspended operations after the U.S. Department of Agriculture received the video and launched an investigation.

Coehlo said he had not seen the video, but he added that the company was cooperating with federal investigators and had hired an animal welfare specialist to help conduct a separate probe.

"We take these allegations seriously," Coelho told the Bee, "and we are committed to correcting any problems identified on the video as quickly as we possibly can." 

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