Society expects auction management, farm animal transporters, and feed lot workers to voluntarily comply with animal humane laws. Most of them don't, and that's why Animals' Angels was founded and, sadly, will seemingly always need to exist.
Case in point, the Escalon Livestock Auction located in California.
You may be aware of our ongoing efforts to ensure that the animals in their care are treated humanely. Even though many of the animals that pass through their pens are destined for slaughter, there are regulations in place to ensure that they do not suffer needlessly before their deaths. Unfortunately, these regulations are all too often ignored. Indeed, the Escalon Livestock Auction management crew routinely flouts the law, knowing enforcement agencies will likely not pursue action.
A Little History
Animals' Angels has investigated the Escalon Livestock Auction since 2008. In both 2008 and 2009, law enforcement was contacted and evidence of appalling cruelty was provided to the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office. No action was taken. In 2009, after documenting horrific treatment and conditions, Animals' Angels met with representatives of the California Farm Bureau, the State Veterinarian, the Livestock Marketing Association, and the California Cattlemen Association and Escalon auction management to discuss the findings from our investigation and to suggest improvements. As a result, guidelines for animals that become non-ambulatory while at the auction were developed and the auction hired someone to monitor the welfare of animals at the sale.