- James HortonCastro County District Attorney
Help Secure Justice For Abused and Neglected Calves at E6 Cattle Co.
Mercy For Animals (MFA), a national non-profit animal protection organization is seeking criminal prosecution against E6 Cattle Company in Hart, Texas, after a farm employee documented, among other abuses, calves being beaten with pickaxes and hammers, workers kicking sick or injured calves in the head and standing on their necks and ribs, and calves left to suffer and die without veterinary care in clear violation of Texas law.
For more than two weeks in March of 2011, an MFA undercover investigator worked at E6 Cattle as a carpenter and documented the deplorable conditions and brutal mistreatment of animals at the facility, which confines more than 10,000 calves in tiny, feces-encrusted hutches. Video footage from the investigation can be viewed at MercyForAnimals.org/calves.
The owner of the facility, Kirt Espenson, acknowledged on hidden camera that the company does not provide medical care to “crossbred” calves – leaving many to suffer to death from untreated illnesses and injuries. Espenson also required his employees to bash in the calves' heads with a claw hammer, forcing them to condemn calves to a prolonged and horrific death. The American Veterinary Medical Association condemns the use of blows to the head as a means of killing young calves.
MFA promptly alerted law enforcement authorities and presented a detailed legal complaint and meticulously compiled evidence of the violations of Texas anti-cruelty law at E6 Cattle to the Castro County District Attorney and Sheriff’s Office. The evidence demonstrates an ongoing pattern of torture, unjustifiable infliction of pain and suffering on animals, and a failure to provide necessary medical care. The case is currently under investigation.
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- Castro County District Attorney
I am writing to ask that you pursue criminal prosecution of the E6 Cattle Company in Hart, Texas and its owner Kirt Espenson for cruelty to animals documented during the Mercy For Animals undercover investigation at the facility in March.
Mr. Espenson acknowledged on hidden camera that the company does not provide medical care to “crossbred” calves – leaving many to suffer to death from untreated illnesses and injuries in clear violation of Texas law. Espenson also required his employees to bash in the calves' heads with a claw hammer, forcing them to condemn calves to a prolonged and horrific death. The American Veterinary Medical Association condemns the use of blows to the head as a means of killing young calves.
The Texas Cruelty to Animals statute section 42.09 clearly indicates that a person commits an offense if the person intentionally or knowingly:
(1) tortures a livestock animal (standing on their necks and chests, bashing in their skulls 5-6 and more times and leaving them to slowly die).
(2) fails unreasonably to provide necessary food, water, or care for a livestock animal in the person's custody (“care” under the law should include providing veterinary care and medicine, which makes the neglect at E6 criminal).
(3) transports or confines a livestock animal in a cruel and unusual manner (“transport” under the law should prohibit dragging calves by their ears and/or their tails, dropping them from shoulder height and “confine” should prohibit forcing them to live in their own excrement).
Texas law is intended to protect all animals from harm and does not exempt farmed animals. The video evidence demonstrates an ongoing pattern of torture, unjustifiable infliction of pain and suffering on animals, and a failure to provide necessary medical care. I strongly urge you to prosecute E6 Cattle Company and its owner to the fullest extent of the law.
In a civilized society it is our moral obligation to protect animals from needless cruelty and suffering.
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