The Great 2008 Beef Recall's Cow Torturing Villains Revealed

Here are the booking photos of Westland/Hallmark Meat Co., employees, Jose Luis Sanchez and Daniel Navarro. They are both suspects arrested in connection with the animal abuse incident at the slaughterhouse.

They seem like pleasant mustachioed fellows.

U.S. sees largest meat recall in history [Yahoo!]

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  1. sp00nix says:

    Creepy…

  2. smitty1123 says:

    Race shitstorm in 3… 2… 1…

    That said, what’s up with the lego hair on guy number 2?

  3. johnva says:

    Of course, I’m sure they were following corporate policy (either explicit or implicit)…meatpacking workers don’t exactly have a lot of power to make independent decisions.

  4. homerjay says:

    Two fine upstanding gentlemen… Nice rug.

  5. KogeLiz says:

    @smitty1123:
    ha, really.

    also, yes, waiting for the racial comment and “jokes”.

  6. homerjay says:

    @smitty1123: LEGO HAIR! Thats AWESOME

  7. Beerad says:

    Can you really wear sunglasses in a booking photo? Doesn’t that sort of defeat the purpose?

    Clearly, both of these gentlemen are from serious Moustache Country…

  8. Bay State Darren says:

    No joke: I seriously thought at first the photo on the left was supposed to be the guy on the left in a shitty disguise.

  9. SaveMeJeebus says:

    Look like two upstanding, blue-collar, republican citizens to me. Ten bucks says they were wearing Zubaz, fanny packs, and Oakley Razorblades on the day of.

  10. Crotty says:

    They do look creepy, but one can’t help but suspect they are just relatively lower level people who performed the actual acts. Not that these 2 shouldn’t be punished if they did the deeds, but I would like to see mug shots also of the higher level suits who allowed conditions or enacted policies at the facilities that led to the animal abuse and selling of potentially tainted meat. It can’t all be the fault of just 2 creepy guys. Somebody should have fired the 2 creepy guys BEFORE they did what they did, or the FIRST time they did it, or the SECOND time. There was pattern, right?

  11. kittenfoo says:

    i hope the judge throws the book at them. if it turns out they’re here illegally, the judge should throw the book at them, deport them, bring them back, throw the book at them again, slap them around for awhile, then deport them again. (if they’re here legally, all the above applies except the “deport” part). i’m sorry, but cruelty to innocent creatures makes me not behave like a christian.

  12. ARPRINCE says:

    @Beerad: LOL..first time I have seen a booking photo with sunglasses. KEWL!!!

  13. megan9039 says:

    I wonder how long it will take for the “corporate thugs” to replace these fine, upstanding gentlemen with new employees who will follow the same directions these guys.

    Have you heard what they do to ducks to make Fois Gras?? It’s almost as bad…

  14. SecureLocation says:

    I’m tortured from just looking at them.

  15. ShortBus says:

    Now if they’d just make a TV movie out of this debacle, Luis Guzman might have a shot at reviving his career.

  16. hi says:

    im diggin the moustashio’s, and i’m guessing the lego hair is from wearing a sweet cowboy hat.

  17. DrGirlfriend says:

    @Crotty: I agree. I’d like to see the investigation go higher up than this.

  18. SadSam says:

    Where is the booking photo of the CEO or at least a manager.

  19. thisismatt says:

    You people do understand that this is pretty normal for slaughterhouses, right? This isn’t unusual. This is what happens to thousands and thousands of animals every day. Change slaughter from a skilled job to an unskilled one, drive down wages, get elected officials in your pocket and pay them to look the other way… Towns decimated, destroyed with poverty, with pollution, a country filled with unhealthy food from animals tortured to death. We have reaped what we have sowed. No living creature should be subjected to what passes for the norm in industrial farming.

  20. Treblig says:

    I can’t believe that most of you so smart Americans do not see this for what it is and stupidly blame these two hoodlams for what they did. These two were simply following corporate orders, what they did was plain and simple follow company policies and procedures and then they got caught doing it yes! But as far as they were concerned they were only doing their job. Why are you not asking that the judge throw the books at those who set this policy in motion (the CEO and corporate suits) and in order to maximize their capitalist profits. They order these two (and who knows how many more implicitly or explicitly as someone else already mentioned) to do the dirty did. You bet your hamburgers those cows were not the only cows in the history of this company that were slaughtered this way.

    Treblig

  21. Amelie says:

    Lindy Englund goes to jail and Rumsfield retires in riches.

    I want photos of the corporate scum who encouraged/demanded these practices, not photos of hapless bastards who needed this job.

  22. bohemian says:

    Call me when the CEO’s mugshot comes out.

  23. bpet says:

    The guy on the left stole Daniel Plainview’s mustache.

  24. Sucko-T says:

    These guys look like they’re ready to be taken out to pasture. They should lay off that de-calf. Standing all day probably gives them sore calves but it’s no excuse for their actions. I hope they don’t get off on bale, they deserve a long sentence for their udderly despicabull actions.

  25. forever_knight says:

    the workers are hispanic. now where’s the shitstorm i keep hearing about?

  26. ct03 says:

    Unfortunately, this raises a larger question:
    What is Direct TV CEO Chase Carey’s involvement in all of this?

  27. Spamwich says:

    @strum40: That’s not punny.

  28. JMH says:

    I’m sure it’s all part of a sinister plan masterminded by Rollie Fingers.

  29. AlteredBeast (blaming the OP one article at a time.) says:

    These pictures are worth a thousand lols.

  30. blue lanugo says:

    Isn’t anticipating a shit storm a little of like performing a shit storm rain dance?

  31. blue lanugo says:

    I meant “a little like”…

  32. selianth says:

    @strum40: Bravo, sir.

  33. FightOnTrojans says:

    @kittenfoo: I am always amazed at how the “DEPORT ALL HISPANICS” element comes out of the woodwork whenever someone with an Hispanic surname does something wrong. Newsflash: SoCal has a large Hispanic population, and most of us were born here, too! I know you didn’t say deport all Hispanics, but it becomes tiresome to read the same comments over and over again. I’ll step down from my soapbox now.

    Yeah, most likely these guys were doing just what they were trained to do, and management is quickly stepping away before they get caught up in the windstorm. While ignorance of the law is no excuse, these guys were probably just doing what they were told to do and didn’t know any better. I want some management type mugshots now.

  34. mikeluisortega says:

    OK gum shoes, you got the Two henchmen but where’s Carmen Sandiego? Really I’m sure someone higher up told these two goons who got caught holding the bag to do this.

  35. timsgm1418 says:

    ok those were just bad jokes…@strum40:

  36. deleted01 says:

    How the heck did this guy get away with keeping his sunglasses on during a mug shot?

  37. mikeluisortega says:

    @timsgm1418: Dont have a cow…………..

  38. stevegoz says:

    Isn’t the guy on the right Tony Clifton? Andy Kaufman lives!!!

  39. timsgm1418 says:

    sorry but I was moooooved to comment@mikeluisortega:

  40. forever_knight says:

    @FightOnTrojans: i think you are confusing DEPORT ALL HISPANICS with what people are actually saying: SECURE THE BORDER AND PREVENT THE ILLEGAL INFLUX OF PEOPLE MOSTLY FROM MEXICO.

    right? you wouldn’t attempt to defend that indefensible position with the usual “they are just taking the jobs that the legal residents don’t want” b.s. line, right??

  41. Underpants Gnome says:

    “I’m tellin’ all of yall it’s SABOTAAAAAAGE!”

  42. RandoX says:

    You mean that these are pictures of the suspects. Right?

  43. brent_w says:

    They even look like villains. ;-p

  44. darkclawsofchaos says:

    Their defense? “We were following orders,”

    …unless they were paid off to shut their mouths, then thats a different story, but if they aren’t legally here, that’s an even bigger win, going home rich which was their goal in the first place

  45. royal72 says:

    everyone, say hello to your patsies. poor bastards. not only did they have to deal with a shitty job for crap wages, now they will be crucified as demons…
    -dude, did you see those two guys who were beatin them cows?
    -yeah man, they’re fucking creepy… uhm yeah, lemmie get two big macs and…

  46. UpsetPanda says:

    @forever_knight: In Prince William County in Virginia, they’re getting ready to implement a crackdown on illegal immigration…basically if you are illegal and they pull you over for traffic violations or stop you for minor crime, and they have reason to suspect you’re here illegally (an accent doesn’t count, there are a lot of immigrants of all kinds in Northern Virginia) and they find out you are, you’ll get deported. This totally isn’t the same as rounding up all immigrants (or non-white/black people) and demanding papers. They’re really only preventing those who are already here illegally from continuing to take advantage of the system, IMO. I know they’re targeting Hispanic illegal immigrants because there seem to be more of them than any other ethnicity, but there are plenty of illegal immigrants of all ethnicities in the country…which is why it is strange when people ask about my opinion on the matter, and I don’t side with the immigrants. I’m an immigrant, sure, but I was a toddler when that happened, and I am a US citizen first and foremost. I don’t think of myself as an immigrant.

  47. mikelotus says:

    check out their homepage [www.westlandmeat.com]

    guess they want to remain anonymous as a company

  48. SkyeBlue says:

    They abused cows, so at least we KNOW they will be facing some SERIOUS jail time! I doubt we will be hearing any cries of “Those two are too PRETTY to go to jail” like we heard from the lawyer for Debra LaFavre, the teacher who had an affair with one of her students. Abuse a cow and you will most likely get sent to Leavenworth, abuse a student and you will most likely get on the cover of People magazine!

    If I were these two guys I’d let it be known if someone at the top didn’t hire us some damn good lawayers and quick I’d be naming names of supervisors and higher up all the way up to the owners who I would say knew this was going on and encouraged it or at least turned a blind eye!

  49. rmontcal says:

    @kittenfoo: I totally understand where you are coming from, but if this issue here becomes “protect CEOs from the actions of their employees” and “deport all the brown people” then isn’t that making everything so much worse. You need to focus on the real issue here.

  50. elijah_dukes_mayonnaise says:

    @SkyeBlue: Debra LaFave could forklift my downer cows anytime.

  51. FightOnTrojans says:

    @forever_knight: Did you see anything like that in my post? No, you didn’t.

    The only thing I’m talking about is the automatic assumption by some people that Hispanic surname = illegal immigrant, and the only time we see “DEPORT THEM” type comments is when there is a person with an Hispanic surname. Citizenship/immigration status was not even mentioned in the OP, so some people’s prejudices just come shining through in their posts when they bring up the topic.

    Although many of the illegal immigrants here come from Mexico and other places south of the border (Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, etc.), there are illegal immigrants from other places around the globe (China, Thailand, Eastern Europe, etc.), yet I rarely (if ever) see the “and if they’re illegal, deport them” type comments attached to those articles where they are the “villains.”

  52. mikelotus says:

    @UpsetPanda: and having to raise property taxes to cover the this crack down:
    [www.washingtonpost.com]
    (registration required?)

  53. ClayS says:

    @FightOnTrojans:
    It doesn’t matter who they are, if they are guilty of needlessly torturing animals, they need to be prosecuted. Did they say their superiors instructed them to mistreat the animals for fun?

  54. ideagirl says:

    @ct03: HA! Awesome! You made me spit coffee : )

  55. youbastid says:

    @ClayS: Who said they were doing it for fun? They were lifting them and prodding them with forklifts because they were too sick to walk, and they NEEDED to get them on the slaughtering line – not because they wanted to get a jolly out of it. I wonder why they felt it was so necessary to get them slaughtered…Wonder who pressured them (and threatened their job) to produce as much as possible no matter the consequence.

  56. irid3sc3nt says:

    @smitty1123: TOTAL lego hair! I peered at him and was like, “Is that a wig???” AND he’s wearing sunglasses?
    Now let’s see what you really look like!

  57. Neurotic1 says:

    Those that think that these two are wholly responsible need to work on their critical thinking skills. These two are being used as scapegoats. Why aren’t the managers’ mugshots being shown in the media and tagged as “villians?” Do you really think that a large company like Westland/Hallmark, that held some of the largest contracts in the country, had no controls in place? Of course they did, and the actions of these men had to have been known by managers there.

    Personally, I feel kinda sorry for ‘em because they’re taking the heat that should be directed at the firm’s managers.

  58. forgottenpassword says:

    @youbastid:

    dont forget spraying water up the nose/into the mouth of an injured cow on the floor.

  59. KogeLiz says:

    @FightOnTrojans: It’s getting really annoying when people act and assume things like this. What’s sad, is that Americans who think like this – think it’s okay to talk like this — because ALL ‘white’ people must think the same way (sometimes it seems they do at this point) People make Hispanic generalizations and racist remarks to me all the time, not realizing that I am half Mexican. Not that changes my opinion on disliking ignorant people.

  60. shadow735 says:

    Those are pretty big flavor savers that they are sporting!!

  61. savvy999 says:

    The ranchero on the right needs the shades to protect his eyes from the glare off his giant silver belt buckle. I know he has one, you can even see the flash reflection off of it.

    In your best Carlos Mencia voice: Noooo seeeenor judge, I was not heeeting the vacas with the forkleeeft, I was tendeeerizing the carne for deeeener.

  62. UpsetPanda says:

    @mikelotus: I’m not too fond of raising taxes to fund this, but I don’t live in PW County either.

  63. UpsetPanda says:

    @savvy999: Can we find a way to deport Carlos Mencia?

  64. vanillabean says:

    Both the workers and the management are at fault here. I doubt there’s an official company training manual for waterboarding cows and plowing into them with forklifts. However, whether or not the workers are legal, from what I understand humane treatment of animals is not a huge priority in Mexico. It’s possible that the stache guys had no idea that what they were doing is considered pretty wretched by consumers in the US. And management clearly failed by either encouraging it or allowing it to happen.

    I suspect the true culprit here is the market force of the $.99 burger.

  65. FightOnTrojans says:

    @ClayS: And I didn’t say that they shouldn’t. I said I want to see some management mugshots right up beside them, as they are equally responsible for what happened.

  66. bestuser says:

    not wanting illegal immigrants somehow makes you racist.

  67. scarcat says:

    It has already been reported on Feb. 22, by the Press-Enterprise newspaper in Chico, that Sanchez is an undocumented immigrant.

    Can somebody post the link ?

  68. marblepops says:

    @BayStateDarren:

    Ohmigosh, me too!!

  69. hwyengr says:

    @UpsetPanda: You mean Ned Holness, the fake Mexican comic?

  70. mattshu says:

    @FightOnTrojans:

    The numbers of illegals from Mexico are much higher due to the close proximity of our countries. In other words it’s much easier to run across the border from Mexico to California than it is to swim to Alaska from easter Europe. That’s why it’s easier to assume Juan is more illegal than Vlad.

    Hey, guess what happens when there aren’t as many Mexican illegals in this country? It won’t be assumed that everyone here with a Latino surname is illegal like it is now. I assume people with Latino surnames who are citizens or here legally would be happy about that.

  71. forever_knight says:

    @FightOnTrojans: we agree that assumptions are bad. hurray.

    what you are seeing by people posting DEPORT THEM is not anti-hispanic fever. it is not specific to hispanics either. as you point out, people come to this country illegally from all over. it is the frustration and anger that 1) people come to this country illegally and without real consequence for breaking the law, and 2) the immigration policy in this country is horribly outdated; it needs to be changed so that the children of illegals aren’t automatically granted citizenship if born here, and employment of illegals is punishable by large fines. eliminate the real and perceived reward for coming here illegally and there is no need for an expensive border fence.

  72. hwyengr says:

    @bestuser: No, but assuming that all hispanic people are illegal immigrants is.

  73. SaveMeJeebus says:

    I blame corn subsidies for this mess.

  74. matto says:

    why dont we see booking pictures of the USDA reps who were asleep at the wheel?

  75. snoop-blog says:

    @SaveMeJeebus: i blame global overpopulation. too many mouths to feed, not enough food.

  76. kittenfoo says:

    my bad on bringing up immigration status. i take it back and apologize. i’m still seriously fuming over the animal cruelty. anyone who looked the other way, or otherwise made such actions “OK” should be prosecuted, in my opinion.

  77. rbb says:

    @FightOnTrojans:

    The simplest way to deal with the illegal immigration problem is to handle it the same way Mexico does…

    [www.humanevents.com]

    Some highlights:

    Mexico has a single, streamlined law that ensures that foreign visitors and immigrants are:

    * in the country legally;

    * have the means to sustain themselves economically;

    * not destined to be burdens on society;

    * of economic and social benefit to society;

    * of good character and have no criminal records; and

    * contributors to the general well-being of the nation.

    The law also ensures that:

    * immigration authorities have a record of each foreign visitor;

    * foreign visitors do not violate their visa status;

    * foreign visitors are banned from interfering in the country’s internal politics;

    * foreign visitors who enter under false pretenses are imprisoned or deported;

    * foreign visitors violating the terms of their entry are imprisoned or deported;

    * those who aid in illegal immigration will be sent to prison.

    Too bad they don’t want us to have the same…

  78. FightOnTrojans says:

    @forever_knight: Dude, I am not taking the bait. That’s an argument for a whole different forum, not here.

    My only concern is the automatic association that Hispanic = illegal, and that these guys are being put forth as the only culprits, when everyone knows there are some management-type people that also need to be arrested. My personal belief is that everyone all the way to the top of the company is complicit in this.

  79. FightOnTrojans says:

    @rbb: Dude, let’s try to stay on topic. I don’t want this story to get hijacked into a “who’s immigration policy is better/worse” thread. What we should all take away from this story is that these two guys broke the law and are being offered up as the main culprits by a management staff trying to cover its ass. As a consumer of beef, and an employee of a school district that is probably this company’s second largest consumer, I am concerned that the management staff that allowed this to happen is not being held responsible for their actions.

  80. Project Thanatos says:

    How do people still sport those staches?

  81. RStewie says:

    That’s disgusting. They should be shot. After being forced to stand with a cattle prod and a forklift.

  82. elijah_dukes_mayonnaise says:

    What makes what the two vaqueros did any less moral than the typical
    slaughterhouse protocol of killing healthy cows? This is a scummy
    business, one predicated on people having no idea how the animals they
    eat are killed, and — apparently — that the hombres doing the killing
    look like the kind of people many readers of this site wouldn’t trust
    to mow their lawns. My theory is that if you haven’t killed the animal
    yourself, you have forfeited the right to bitch about how it’s killed.

  83. forgottenpassword says:

    @Project Thanatos:

    the senoritas must think they are muy macho!

  84. mattbrown says:

    What is this, the end of 12 Monkeys?

  85. Pro-Pain says:

    I can’t believe someone could treat an animal, ANY animal with such a blatent disreguard for it’s existance. If there is a Hell I just saw a picture of two people who are going there.

  86. matto says:

    @mattbrown: Probably; yes. Happy?

  87. evslin says:

    @elijah_dukes_mayonnaise: Because their conduct was with the intent of skirting FDA regulations and introducing sick animals into the food supply. That’s what makes this case different than what you’re supposed to observe at a “typical” slaughterhouse.

  88. Superborty says:

    @smitty1123: That is one of the most hilarious things I have read in a while!!!! Got to give you props…

  89. Anonymous says:

    two fall guys that happened to be caught on camera…you think anything will actually change in slaughterhouse policy? Back to business as usual…

  90. forgottenpassword says:

    @cunnij98:

    of course it will change slaughterhouse policy! Employees will be more scrutinized to make sure they arent sporting hidden cameras.

  91. m4ximusprim3 says:

    I think we’re all ignoring the real masterminds of this operation:

    Follow the hair gentleman, follow the hair….

  92. Wet_Baloney says:

    Where did that guy Navarro get his toupe — in the brooms and mops section at Bed Bath and Beyond?

    But, seriously, working in the meat industry has got to be an awful job, which would probably erode the humanity of anyone unfortunate enough to face the necessity of supporting their family by doing that kind of work. I wish I had the strength of character to be a vegetarian.

  93. mydogisdexter says:

    @Underpants Gnome: Well played. You win.

  94. matto says:

    @m4ximusprim3: I thought we deported ZZ Top in the mid-90′s

  95. Hunh? Clearly, it was Sabotage
    [991.com]
    I thought they didn’t eat meat or something.

  96. That70sHeidi says:

    I’m pretty sure the guy isn’t wearing sunglasses, but has those glasses that change for sun-use. My grandmother never had a good picture of herself because of her darn color changing glasses!

    And it’s taken me all day to post this because Consumerist never seems to load with no errors at work any more :(

  97. Trai_Dep says:

    Astoundingly, the execs broke no laws that Republicans deem worthy of writing. That’s why the authorities are prosecuting these two on animal cruelty charges, of all things, instead of poisoning 80% of America’s school children. Bio-warfare-levels of brain damage undoubtably spread to tens of thousands, twenty years out from BSE if it turns out that way – imagine the outcry if al Quada planned this – while Big Agra chuckles as they slip on their golden parachutes.

    But hey – the Free Market worked! The company’s out of business and two laborers following orders will get spanked!

  98. snoop-blog says:

    i find the biggest crime here is the white guy on the left posing as a hispanic guy. THAT’S RACIST!

  99. SkyeBlue says:

    In last town in Texas that I lived in the town’s biggest employer was a Monfort beef packing plant. A small town called Cactus had sprung up near the plant that had a population that was about 99% Mexican. These plants don’t care if the people they hire are legal or not. It costs about $100 or so to get a false state ID. I’ve seen them, they are very real looking. (I am sure it prob costs quite a bit more to get phony resident or green card identifcation though.) Working in a chicken or beef processing plant is very difficult work, not alot of “White” people want to do it, not for what they pay for their beginning workers. Since it is so easy to get hired on and I am sure these jobs probably pay alot more than what they’d make in their native countries the problem is going to continue.

    The problem isn’t the illegal workers. It could have very easily been White, Asian or black workers caught on tape doing the exact same thing. To make any issue of the race of these men is wrong.

  100. Bill Brasky says:

    The moral of the story: Be careful where you beat your me…Don’t abuse cows.

  101. timsgm1418 says:

    however, they were the ones that were caught. Yea there’s probably a lot of shoplifting going on everyday, but it only counts if they get caught@Neurotic1:

  102. timsgm1418 says:

    @rbb: get a group of 1,000,000,000 Americans to go to Mexico and demand they take care of us, and let us work without paying taxes, and get free school for our children, in English, and I want healthcare too, and I want to have every legal document in my native language, because they can’t make me learn Spanish. See how Mexico likes it…It might actually be a good idea, they probably have more natural resources, they have a warmer climate than a lot of the US, let’s go

  103. timsgm1418 says:

    damnit why did you have to bring up a valid point?@elijah_dukes_mayonnaise:

  104. DrGirlfriend says:

    Nice. The mere fact that a couple of Hispanics were involved in this situation is enough to spark an immigration debate. I’m pretty sure immigration was not the issue here.

  105. xenth says:

    How do you commit animal abuse in a slaughterhouse?

  106. DeltaPurser says:

    do to them what they did to the cows!

  107. nuton2wheels says:

    Those guys are class “A” pimps.

  108. mikeluisortega says:

    Oh STFU with the illegal immigrants, If your in the states and you not a NATIVE AMERICAN you just might be a redneck Illegal yourself.

  109. alexiso says:

    I stopped eating meat because I saw how the animals were treated and seeing this just confirms I did the right thing for me. However, I do admit I’m feeling high and mighty on my vegetarian chair.

  110. Jcakes says:

    Man, these videos are old news.
    Pig farm videos were out a decade ago and the employees were a couple of white guys.

    Factory farming is the cancer here.

    And you don’t want to know what they were doing to the pigs.

  111. FLConsumer says:

    I’m not sure what’s more dreadful, what these Hallmark Meat Co. people did to those cows or Hallmark Cards’ Movies.

  112. VikingP77 says:

    I can’t imagine these two men have the best of lives. How can they if they think torturing cows is okay?
    Then again I hate the industrial meat companies. Really cruel and dirty work. Until you take your business away or at least cut back your meat intake these companies will never be hit hard enough in the wallet to care about changing anything.

  113. thelushie says:

    Well, I really didn’t think about the racial makeup until it was pointed on. Saw the names, saw the photos and thought “What ugly hair. Why is he wearing sunglasses in a mug shot?”.

    So let’s take the race and “I hate Bush” thoughts and comments out of this. The corporate executives should also be taking a fall. I don’t see this as an isolated thing. Someone knew something. Everyone needs to be questioned and suffer the consequences of their decisions. Work from the top down.

    Anyway, this is another argument for co-ops and buying organically from your local small farm if at all possible. If not Coleman’s and Laura’s beef are both wonderful.

  114. LionelEHutz says:

    Eat more chiken

  115. bombaxstar says:

    @BayStateDarren: AHAHAHAH

  116. BeFrugalNotCheap says:

    Wow, check out the soup strainers on these guys!

  117. Baukie says:

    ahh how cute, its there high school grad pictures!! Way to go guys!!

  118. dweebster says:

    Find the people that gave them money to work for that long, and I’ll show you the true criminals.

    Explain to me why it always requires a few animal huggers and a handycam to expose this stuff every few years? Any workplace where this stuff is happening is not by accident, it’s by DESIGN.

    If these two guys weren’t enlisted to do what they did, someone else needing a roof over their family’s heads could be found to do it. People kill all over the world for money, it’s nothing unique to a couple hispanics at a meat plant.

    Not to belittle what these guys did – just saying that security and safety seems awfully lax at these plants considering the health impact they have on our citizenry. When does the CEO and the rest of his ilk get arraigned? Railroading a couple low-end workers is laughable bullshit.

  119. dweebster says:

    @DrGirlfriend: Oh yes it was – immigration of deadly meat into the food supply.

    …but harping over the racial makeup of these guys is asinine. Back in the pre-USDA days of Sinclair’s “The Jungle” it was other immigrants (who else would want these shitty jobs). It’s the actions they took – likely on behalf of their corporate beancounter overlords.