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Meatpacking firms reach settlement on animal cruelty charges

Several California meatpacking companies that supplied beef to the National School Lunch Program have reached a $3.1-million settlement over allegations of abusive treatment of cattle and other issues. Westland Meat Packing Co., one of the companies listed in the lawsuit, will enter a consent judgment of $155.68 million. The figure represents the amount the government paid for services, but because Westland does not have the assets, the company and its owner, Steve Mendell, will actually pay $240,000. This is the largest monetary judgment ever entered in the United States for cases of animal abuse, according to the Humane Society of the United States. It initiated the lawsuit in 2008 after...

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