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Vermont Slaughterhouse Workers Charged with Cruelty

posted on June 4, 2010

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Two Vermont men are facing animal cruelty

charges for their roles at a slaughterhouse that was ordered closed

last fall because calves were being mistreated.

The case at the Bushway Slaughterhouse in Grand Isle drew the

attention of U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who called the

abuse "inexcusable."

On Friday, the Vermont attorney general announced that charges

have been filed against 37-year-old Christopher Gaudette and

51-year-old Frank Perretta, both of Grand Isle.

The alleged abuse was made public after the Humane Society of

the United States released undercover video that showed calves

being kicked, shocked and cut while conscious.

The plant has since closed.

Authorities say Gaudette and Perretta remain at large.

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