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MEAT WORKER SENTANCED TO SIX MONTHS IN JAIL
CattleNetwork.com reports:

One of two employees of Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Co. in Chino, Calif. was sentenced to six months in jail on Friday. He pleaded guilty in San Bernardino Superior Court to three misdemeanor counts of illegal movement of a non-ambulatory animal, the Associated Press reported.

Rafael Sanchez Herrera, 34, was seen on an undercover video recorded by a representative of the Humane Society of the United States. The video prompted the largest beef recall in U.S. history in February when it was determined that at least one downer cow seen on the video was passed through to slaughter without being re-inspected by a USDA veterinarian, as required by law.

Herrera struck a plea deal that calls for him to be deported to his native Mexico after serving jail time. If convicted, Herrera may have been sentenced to as much as three years in jail.

A former supervisor also seen on the videotape, Daniel Ugarte Navarro, has pleaded not guilty to five felony counts and three misdemeanor counts of animal abuse. He is scheduled to appear in court again in mid-April.


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