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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Mercy for Animals exposed hidden camera footage of blatant animal abuse at the E-6 Ranch Cattle Company. Since then, the Castro County Sheriff's office has launched an animal cruelty investigation.
But that gruesome video of calves being killed with a hammer and pickaxe has also contributed to a drop in the financial markets.
Reuters reports that some traders in Chicago thought investors sold cattle futures Wednesday due to the fear consumers would avoid beef products because of the disturbing video. But analysts said they doubt that they will have lasting effects, and its other reasons why the price is fluctuating.
An official with the organization responsible for filming animal abuse at a Hart cattle company hopes the owner of the facility is charged with multiple crimes.
"The owner should be charged for failing to implement animal welfare training and policies, allowing abuse to continue, failing to provide humane euthanasia options and denying sick and injured calves necessary veterinary care," Matt Rice, director of operations for Mercy For Animals, told the Herald after employees of the E6 Cattle Company apparently hit injured and sick cattle with a pickaxe and claw hammers and also kicked and stomped on calves.
Officials with Mercy For Animals say they spent more than two weeks from March 2-18 recording video with a hidden camera at the cattle operation, which raises nearly 10,000 calves for use on dairy farms and for human consumption.