FRESNO, Calif. -- Three Central California congressmen are asking the federal government to reopen a slaughterhouse at the center of a cruelty and food safety investigation, citing the region's high unemployment.
Republican lawmakers Devin Nunes, Kevin McCarthy and Jeff Denham signed a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on Thursday saying that shutting the plant will do nothing to further the goal of responding to the alleged animal abuse.
The trio is asking Vilsack to intervene against attacks occurring at the behest of radical groups.
A spokesman for Vilsack did not immediately respond to a request for a comment.
On Monday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture suspended operations at Central Valley Meat Co. of Hanford after an undercover video shot by Compassion Over Killing documented the abuse of dairy cows headed to slaughter.
The USDA is trying to determine whether any of the sick, downed cows made their way into the food supply.