According to the Mercy For Animals website, animal welfare expert Temple Grandin, says, "It is obvious that both the management and the employees have no regard for animal welfare." Mercy for Animals filed a legal complaint against the cattle ranch in a Texas county law enforcement agency.
“Proper euthanasia is a very important issue that we face in the livestock industry. If an animal is euthanized it needs to be done in a rapid efficient manner that follows one of the three AVMA recognized methods,” says Dr. Jan Shearer, professor of Vet Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine at Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine. “It is absolutely critical and essential for those individuals that euthanize animals to be properly trained, whether they are owners, managers or employees. Many employees on large dairy operations and feedlots are Spanish speaking and the online training modules allow those employees to be properly trained in non-ambulatory cattle management. The modules increase awareness of euthanasia, understanding of euthanasia and educate animal caretakers how to properly do their job.”
The effectiveness of online training has been documented in a peer-reviewed journal by animal science and veterinary faculty to improve farm, ranch or dairy employee knowledge base in areas such as downed animal care and euthanasia, regardless of language preference or experience.
Ryan Ruppert, senior director, Beef Quality Assurance, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, says, “As the largest association of cattle producers, NCBA works to create total quality management and continuous improvement through our Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program. The animal abuse avoidance and euthanasia certification on the Animal Care Training program are valuable tools to advance your operation and continue to implement BQA. The proper ways to euthanize and handle distressed animals are based on AVMA standards. Certifying your employees in proper euthanasia and animal abuse avoidance shows your commitment to the best care you can provide for the cattle that you care for everyday.”