- Gary VanicChief Executive Officer
- Heidi EllerChairwoman of the Board
- Russell MullinsCFO
- General Customer Service
- John Epprecht (Vice President)Vice President
Got Misery? Milk Does. Help End Animal Abuse in the Dairy Industry
Is your milk and cheese the product of blatant animal cruelty?
Every time Mercy For Animals’ undercover investigators go behind the closed doors of dairy factory farms they document widespread acts of criminal animal abuse that shock and horrify most Americans.
In a new investigation, workers at Andrus Farms, a dairy supplier to Great Lakes Cheese—one of the largest cheese producers in the world—were caught on video viciously beating, stabbing, and dragging sick and injured cows.
This investigation documented the following:
- Workers viciously kicking and punching cows in their faces and bodies, beating them with rakes, and stabbing animals with sharp objects
- A “downed” cow being kicked and beaten, having water forcefully sprayed in her face and nostrils, and being dragged by a rope around her neck
- Workers using pruning shears to cut through the sensitive skin, nerves, and tailbones of cows without any painkillers
- Sick or injured cows suffering from open wounds, infections, and serious injuries left to suffer without proper veterinary care
Treated as mere milk-producing machines, cows exploited for milk and cheese endure lives of near constant misery and deprivation.
This must stop!
Please, take a moment to sign this petition calling on Great Lakes Cheese to immediately implement meaningful animal welfare policies and oversight to prevent egregious animal abuse at its supplier farms.
- Chief Executive Officer
- Chairwoman of the Board
- General Customer Service
- Vice President
John Epprecht (Vice President)
I am writing to you about the recent undercover investigation exposing sickening animal abuse at one of your supplier farms. Workers were caught on hidden camera cutting off the tails of cows with pruning shears and viciously kicking and beating animals. The video also shows workers spraying water from a high-pressure hose into a cow’s face and nostrils while others violently twist her tail and kick her repeatedly.
This must be stopped.
This is only the latest in a string of undercover investigations that have exposed criminal animal abuse in the dairy industry.
It's time for your company to adopt meaningful animal welfare policies for all of your dairy suppliers, including:
- Zero tolerance for animal abuse
- Elimination of mutilations without painkillers, including tail docking—a cruel and unnecessary practice that involves cutting through the skin, nerves, and bones of cows
- Video monitoring systems streamed live onto the Internet to help prevent abuse
- Requirement that suppliers provide a clean and sanitary environment for cattle
- Proper care and transportation for sick, injured, and downed animals
In recent years, both Nestle and Kraft Foods have taken important steps to prevent animal cruelty in their dairy supply chain – including prohibitions on tail docking. It’s time Great Lakes Cheese does the same.
Please take immediate action to end egregious animal abuse at your supplier farms.
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