AGRIBUSINESS: HSUS Wins Big in Animal Abuse Case

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The Humane Society of the United States and Westland/Hallmark Meat Company have reached a settlement in the abuse case leading to the biggest meat recall in U.S. history in 2008.

The $500 million settlement is a first of its kind lawsuit regarding farm animals - according to HSUS Chief Counsel for Animal Protection Litigation Jonathan Lovvorn. HSUS filed a civil complaint with a District Court in 2009 - referencing an undercover video showing downer cows being abused in a slaughter facility - going against the federal contract for the National School Lunch Program the company signed promising to provide humane treatment of animals sent there for slaughter - according to HSUS.

The Company is bankrupt and will not be paying the settlement amount due to that fact.