… Newton County Sheriff’s Office launched an independent investigation into allegations of animal cruelty. It said it has requested the names of the employees in the video and is looking for people who witnessed the animal cruelty and failed to report it…
Fair Oaks Farms is under investigation after an undercover animal welfare activist captured footage of employees abusing calves
by CNN Wires
via FOX 3 Now St. Louis - June 6, 2019
The biggest dairy producer in Indiana is under investigation after an undercover animal welfare investigator released video of employees abusing calves.
Fair Oaks Farms is a popular agritourism destination and provides daily tours for people to “explore our dairy farms for a fun-filled look at the life of a cow,” according to its website. It also belongs to the company that produces fairlife milk products distributed by the Coca-Cola Company.
However, an Animal Recovery Mission (ARM)investigator who gained employment working with calves at Fair Oaks Farms captured graphic footage that visitors probably don’t glimpse on their tours.
ARM’s video depicts employees kicking, pushing and slamming to the ground newborn calves that did not nurse from the artificial rubber nipple during the feeding process.
Calves were deprived of adequate nutrition, and the video shows employees stabbing and hitting calves with steel rebars and branding irons, ARM said. In addition, employees would sit on the calves, which was often too much weight for the animals to bear.
Transportation of newborn calves was violent, ARM said. In the video, employees are seen throwing calves into the trailer or forcefully pushing them in.
Law enforcement is investigating the allegations
Newton County Sheriff’s Office launched an independent investigation into allegations of animal cruelty. It said it has requested the names of the employees in the video and is looking for people who witnessed the animal cruelty and failed to report it.
“We acknowledge the need for humane treatment of animals and the need to hold individuals that have gone beyond an acceptable farm management practice accountable for their actions,” Sheriff Thomas VanVleet said in a statement.
Newton County Prosecutor Jeff Drinski said he will most likely file charges against the perpetrators on Monday once the former employees are located.
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