Stores have started to pull Fair Oaks Farms products from their shelves after a stunning undercover video was released by Animal Recovery Mission (ARM) – the video shows calves being brutally abused and tortured by company employees.
ARM described the abuse which was observed during their investigation:
Employees were observed slapping, kicking, punching, pushing, throwing and slamming calves; calves were stabbed and beaten with steel rebars, hit in the mouth and face with hard plastic milking bottles, kneed in the spine, burned in the face with hot branding irons, subjected to extreme temperatures, provided with improper nutrition, and denied medical attention. This resulted in extreme pain and suffering by the calves, and in some cases permanent injury and even death.
The video footage stands in stark contrast to what is stated on the Fair Oaks Farm website:
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Co-founder Mike McCloskey got his start as a veterinarian specializing in dairy cows, so we know how important it is to put our cows’ needs first. And since comfortable, healthy cows produce better quality milk, they reward us with some of the best milk in the industry.
After the video was released, McCloskey issued a statement indicating that the individuals in the video had been fired and he expressed disgust about the abuse that was caught in the undercover investigation:
I am disgusted by and take full responsibility for the actions seen in the footage, as it goes against everything that we stand for in regards to responsible cow care and comfort. The employees featured in the video exercised a complete and total disregard for the documented training that all employees go through to ensure the comfort, safety and well-being of our animals.
Video here – a warning, the footage is heartbreaking.
(Calf image via Pixabay)
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