Slaughterhouse Worker Gets Jail Time
Daniel Ugarte Navarro, left, stands outside Chino Superior Court with defense attorney Ruben Salazar following his sentencing (AP Photo/THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE/David Bauman)
One of the slaughterhouse workers at Westland/Hallmark Meat Company in Chino was sentenced this week to nine months in jail and probation after secret video footage (warning, it is graphic) revealed staff was mistreating the animals leading to the largest beef recall in U.S. history (the U.S. Department of Agriculture recalled 143 million pounds of the company's frozen beef). "Daniel Ugarte Navarro, 49, was sentenced after pleading no contest in June to two felony counts of animal cruelty and two misdemeanor counts of cruelty to downed animals," according to the Associated Press via LA Unleashed.
Another former employee, Rafael Sanchez Herrera who was seen in the video using a forklift to move cows too sick to stand in order to bring them to slaughter, pleaded guilty to criminal charges back in March.