On August 7, our investigators returned to the auction and saw a non-ambulatory Holstein bull calf, unable to rise, with obvious rapid and shallow breathing. An auction worker came up to the calf, and dragged him to a junk area outside the pens where the young calf was dumped on a garden hose. It was heartbreaking for our investigators to witness this calf vocalizing and struggling as he lay there unable to move. But we knew evidence was needed to show the authorities the auctions' actions towards the animals in their care. The calf remained there, in that condition, for three hours. During that time, other auction workers stepped over the calf, no one stopped to help or provide relief for the animal.
Then, immediately after the auction's barn manager saw our investigators filming, he had a conversation with one of the workers, who then began to remove the calf. At first the worker roughly lifted the calf by the skin on his back, but the barn manager told him to carry the calf, most likely afraid of being caught on camera "in the act" of such poor handling. The calf was then put in the bucket of a Bobcat and hauled away.
On September 14, 2015, Animals' Angels again submitted all of our evidence to the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office, urging them to take this continued, egregious animal abuse seriously. To date, the District Attorney's Office has done nothing. No charges have been filed against Escalon Auction and thousands of animals passing through the sale every week continue to suffer.
For more details, please read our full report here.
To view the video from our investigation, go here. (Warning -- Graphic Content)
Add Your Voice to Ours to Help These Animals!
Animals' Angels will continue to investigate and document the horrific treatment of helpless animals at Escalon Livestock Auction. But if the District Attorney's Office refuses to press charges, what else can we do?
That's where you come in! We - and these animals - need you to make your voices heard.
Here is how:
We urge you to call or write to the San Joaquin County DA's Office and request that they finally take action against the Escalon Livestock Auction. More than that - call or email the local newspapers to which we've submitted our press release, asking them to blast this story to the public!
Raising awareness is key to the change these animals so deserve, and now is the time you and your voice can truly make a difference for those poor souls still in need!
San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office
222 E. Weber Avenue, Second Floor, Room 202
Stockton, CA 95202
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The Modesto Bee : 209-578-2000
The Sacramento Bee: 916-321-1001
San Francisco Chronicle: 415-777-1111
San Francisco Examiner : 415-359-2600
San Francisco Bay Guardian : 415-255-3100
KPIX CBS San Francisco: Go to their Facebook Page and share our report.
NBC Bay Area: Go to their Facebook Page and share our report.
About Animals' Angels, Inc:
Animals' Angels Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated in Maryland with full-time investigators working in the United States. Our focus is on fighting animal cruelty and improving conditions for farm animals through investigations, public awareness campaigns, and education.
Sonja Meadows, President