The biggest News Story this past week was the expose' by an undercover Agent of the Humane Society of the cruelty of doomed Cattle, mostly old Dairy Cows (also known as Mothers of Veal Calfs, and Slunk Calfs) who no longer produce Milk in economic quantity for the local Dairys in the Chino,California area.
Since the demise of the Chicago Stock Yards (1865-1965) the largest meat packing and slaughter-house concentration in the World, Slaughter Houses were established where the beef is.
Just like Willie Sutton robbed the banks because that were the money was.
Smaller Slaughter Houses are now spread throughout the United States, and especially in rural areas, which are hard to reach,patrol,and regulate,by the Food and Drug Enforcement Agents.
You can imagine how difficult it is for ICE.
There is always a tendency not to waste anything of value, especially if you are in Business with intent to make a profit.
This holds true even if you are selling peaches and apples, retail.
You can imagine the pressure on not wanting to was 1,000 pounds of beef, even if it is still on the hoof.
I guess the Mexican Mentality is, since you are going to kill the animals anyway, what difference does it make how you treat them.
After all, Mexico has the largest concentration of Slaughter Houses and Packing Plants for American Horses of all types.
Former riding Horse, Pets, Work Horses, and Race Horses.
Americans don't eat Horse Meat but Europeans do. Especially the French.Of course they eat anything.
When a Cow can't stand on its own, for whatever reason, in the Industry, they are known as "Downer" Cattle.
Kind of simple, but effective.
I don't know the Spanish Word for Downer, but there must be, otherwise how do those, that now dominate the Slaughter House Industry, except of course for ownership and management, function.
I will have to ask the Guys at the carwash, my bus-boys, or my Gardner, no not him, I'm one of a small minority of home owners that still employs an American Citizen who happens to be Japanese, orignally from Japan, but has raised his hand and taken the loyalty oath,and does speak English.
The Spy from the Humane Society, having more than one miniture camera, hidden in a pocket in his shirt, secured a job at a local slaughter house.
I can't imagine the Management of the Slaughter House not being suspicious of a White Guy applying for a job at a Slaughter House.
He must have really fit the part. Maybe they thought he was an ex-convict or fugitive, although he had to be one of the few Employees with a legitimate Social Security Number.
When his film coverage was released to the media by the Humane Society, the Agent went into hiding, and at least 2 Mexicans were arrested for inhumane treatment of animals, before they are slaughtered.
A similar law on the books that keeps Prison Guards from abusing Convicts, even though on Death Row for 30 years.
The films show the Mexicans using Fork Lifts and Chains on the "Downer Cows" but it doesn't show how they got them onto the "Kill Floor".
It was amazing to me how quickly and effectively, the Government could effect the recall of 142 Million Pounds of Beef from Retailers and School Districts, but how ineffectively they are in recalling 15 to 20 Millions Illegal Immigrants.
Although I am sure, the Illegal Immigrants total body weights exceed 142 million pounds, judging from at least those I have seen, especially the women.
The real story, at least for me, is that the pay rate for at least that Slaughter House, is the minimum wage allowed and in fact demanded and enforced, in the State of California.
Although its kind of a Catch 22 situation, do you have to pay the legal minimum wage to an Illegal Immigrant, whom you are not supposed to employ?
Who else but an Illegal, would work at a Slaughter House for $8.00 per hour and no benefits. Not even a Company Burro.
At 40 hours, thats a gross pay of $320 per week, unless they work overtime. The Employer has to withhold the Social Security contribution, even though the Employee, making less than the Poverty Rate income, gets up to $4,750 back in cash if he claims Earned Income Tax Credit.
With the close to $5,000 Cash Bonus, supplied by American Taxpayers, who at least share in the finished beef products, the Mexican comes close to making about $20,000 per year.
About 10 times what he could earn in Mexico or Guatamala.
That year-end Cash Bonus from Earned Income Tax Credit, is kind of like the year-end Bonus a lot of Americans are awarded, although its paid by their Employer, not their Neighbors and Friends or Family.
It should be obvious to everyone, that the reason such wages are paid to Slaughter House Employees is because there is no demand, thus no profit, in beef products.
And I thought that even Dog Food was expensive.
This must be one of those situations described by Politicians when they claim that Mexicans are only performing work and filling jobs that Americans won't do.
I wonder if the $8.00 per hour wage, with no benefits, has anything to do with it.
Why would a Mexican work at a Car Wash, Cut Grass. Pound Boards, Lay Roofs, Hang Drywall,or Bus Dishes, if they could work in a Slaughter House for $8.00 per hour?
Compare $14.00 per hour with benefits, even for part-time, as a Teller in an Air-Conditioned Bank of America. And even more money if you can also speak Spanish in addition to English.
The real scandal is the $8.00 per hour wage in producing up to $30 per pound Prime Beef.
What I don't understand, is why all the Cows in America aren't shipped along with the Horses, to the Slaughter Houses in Mexico?
The Minimum wage there is, as I have been told, is $8.00 per day.
They could ship the finished Beef Products either Frozen or in Refrigerated Railroad Cars to America, providing additonal avenues, for more Illegal Immigrants to travel in addition to the beef.
But the good news is that maybe the Illegals wouldn't come if they could find a job in Mexico.
But would they really want to stay there, with dirt floors and no toliets, when they could make $100 a day cash, with no income taxes, in the United States?
I don't think so.