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Humane Society of the United States

In this image from a 2010 video, a Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing slaughter plant worker uses a forklift to prod a "downed" cow to its feet. A bill in the Legislature, Assembly Bill 343, would require anyone with footage of this kind of animal abuse to report it to authorities within 48 hours. Supporters of the bill say it is intended to stop abuse as quickly as possible. Opponents contend it would intimidate whistle-blowers who work at animal operations.

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