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·         Undercover video shows animal cruelty at Fair Oaks Farms, founder admits

Founder releases statement following video release

 

·         Video shows animal cruelty at Fair Oaks Farms

… The video captured by the group shows calves being thrown, kicked, and mistreated...

 

 

Undercover video shows animal cruelty at Fair Oaks Farms, founder admits

Founder releases statement following video release

 

By: Kara Kenney, RTV 6 Indianapolis

Jun 04, 2019

 

FAIR OAKS — A Florida-based animal welfare group released disturbing footage Tuesday of animal abuse at Fair Oaks Farms, located in northwest Indiana.

 

The farm is a popular tourist attraction off of I-65 between Indianapolis and Chicago, and offers tours of their dairy operations to visitors and student field trips.

 

The Animal Recovery Mission conducted an undercover investigation between August and November 2018 after one of their investigators was hired as a calf care employee at the Fair Oaks Farms Prairies Edge North Barn.

 

Undercover video captured employees throwing calves in and out of their huts, calves kicked and slammed to the ground, a worker sitting on top of a calf.

 

The investigator also witnessed calves being stabbed and beaten with steel rebars, hit in the mouth and face with hard plastic milking bottles, and faces and bodies burned with hot branding irons, according to the Animal Recovery Mission.

 

Read the full ARM report here [link] .

 

The undercover worker was instructed, according to the report, to transport dead calves using back roads to a hidden dump area.

 

“At no time shall a tourist or tour bus see the workers disposing of the dead,” read the report. “This would hurt the image of the company.”

 

The group also alleges employees used marijuana and cocaine while working on the farm.

 

The report also alleges employees shot sick and injured cows, but did not shoot properly, which led to hours of pain and suffering before dying.

 

In the video, calves appear to be struggling to breath without receiving proper medical treatment.

 

Fair Oaks Farms founder Mike McCloskey provided the following statement to RTV6 Tuesday in which he called the employees’ actions “despicable.”

 

“This morning I was made aware of an animal abuse video that the group Animal Recovery Mission (ARM) produced and has released to the public and the press. Most of the footage for this video was captured on one of the dairies that belongs to Fair Oaks Farms. While we were made aware a couple months ago of the fact that ARM had gone undercover at Fair Oaks Farms, and had proactively made a statement ( link ), we had no idea what kind of footage had been captured or what – if any – abuse had occurred.

 

It is with great disappointment to find, after closely reviewing the released ARM video, that there were five individuals committing multiple instances of animal cruelty and despicable judgement. Of the five, four were our employees and one was a 3rd party truck driver who was picking up calves. Of the four who were our employees, three had already been terminated prior to us being made aware months ago of the undercover ARM operation, as they were identified by their co-workers as being abusive of our animals and reported to management. So, in this instance our policy of cow care training - “see something, say something” - worked. After reviewing the video frame-by-frame, those three employees are responsible for the overwhelming majority of offenses seen in this video.

 

Unfortunately, the fourth employee’s animal abuse was not caught at that same time. Although he underwent another training session in animal care when we discovered there was an undercover ARM operation on our farm, after viewing the extent of his animal abuse, he is being terminated today.

 

As to the individual who worked for the transportation company...

 

more, including links, video report [1:25 min.]  

https://www.theindychannel.com/news/call-6-investigators/undercover-video-shows-animal-cruelty-at-fair-oaks-farms-founder-admits

 

 

Video shows animal cruelty at Fair Oaks Farms

 

By Amie Simpson, Brownfield

June 5, 2019

 

Florida based Animal Recovery Mission (ARM) released a video Tuesday of animal abuse at Fair Oaks Farms in northern Indiana.

 

The video captured by the group shows calves being thrown, kicked, and mistreated.

 

In a statement, Fair Oaks Owner Mike McCloskey says it is with great disappointment to find that there were five individuals committing “multiple instances of animal cruelty and despicable judgment.”

 

The responsible employees have been fired.

 

McCloskey says they will increase their monitoring and training of employees to prevent this abuse from ever happening again. He says as a veterinarian whose life is dedicated to the care, comfort, and safety of animals; this has deeply affected him.

 

The Animal Recovery Mission says their investigation...

 

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