Why slaughterhouses should be open to the public: USDA and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture have suspended operations at the Bushway Packing plant in Grand Isle, VT, a facility that processes veal calves, pending a continuing investigation based on abuses uncovered by the Humane Society. Videotape from HSUS's undercover investigation showed workers kicking, slapping, shocking, and in one case skinning alive veal calves only a few days old, many of whom were unable to stand or walk on their own. (HSUS) Opinionating: Many otherwise dedicated carnivores refuse to eat veal for its inhumane practices. However, veal is an inescapable byproduct of the dairy industry: male calves not eaten for meat are ground up for pet food. All those who eat meat and dairy — yes, pipe down, you vegans waiting to pounce in the comments section — have an obligation to see that these young animals too get to enjoy a humane if short life and die with dignity and minimal suffering. And the more squeamish we are about refusing to even look at what goes on in these painful areas of the meat industry, the more cover we give to horrible abuses like the ones at Bushway.