Worker followed orders in cattle abuse case

March 7, 2008 10:03:12 PM PST
A former Chino slaughterhouse worker who was videotaped abusing ailing cattle in a case that led to the largest beef recall in U.S. history says he was only following orders.

In a jailhouse interview with the San Bernardino Sun, Luis Sanchez said he felt bad when he saw how the cows were treated at Westland/Hallmark Meat Company. But he insisted his boss, Daniel Ugarte Navarro, taught him to use a forklift to move so-called downer cows along the slaughter line.

Sanchez, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, is being held on immigration charges. He's charged with one count of animal cruelty in the slaughterhouse case, but also faces charges in two unrelated drug cases.

Sanchez's ex-boss, Ugarte Navarro, faces eight felony and misdemeanor charges. He's free on bail.