Save your Milk, Request More Stringent Regulations in Dairy farms

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Mistreatment and torture of dairy cows at a dairy farm in Florida have been reported as recently as November 2017, underscoring the necessity for more stringent regulations. 

A video was released by an undercover member of The Animal Recovery Mission showing a worker beating a cow on the head with a steel rod, as the cow, stuck in a narrow metal milking pen, moves its head wildly to avoid the blows. It shows workers kicking, beating and stabbing cows to force them into the cramped pens. It shows female calves penned in narrow outdoor cages, one with deformed legs unable to stand up. Dairy supervisors and milkers beat, stab and torment dairy cows with steel construction rebar. The sharp metal rods pierce and penetrate the cows’ bodies. Kept hidden from tours and visitors to the dairy, the cows are brutalized.

The animals’ living quarters are horrific. They are littered with feces. In some of the barns the cows are stepping in up to 4 inches of manure, 24 hours a day. To get them out of the holding areas, they’re beaten, they’re whipped, they’re tormented, they’re yelled at. To get them up the ramp, they’re beaten, they’re whipped, they’re tormented. To get them into the milking, they’re beaten, they’re tormented, they’re whipped.”

Permanently taken from their mothers at birth, in accordance with standard industry practice, calves were confined to tiny outdoor cages that left them exposed to harsh sunlight and rain, many living in their own feces.

Reluctant to eat after being taken from their mothers, they were force-fed with metal tubes by under-trained employees who occasionally punctured the calves’ lungs, leading to their deaths, Couto said. Sick cows and calves were left to die in fields, he said, with no veterinary care.

The calves were going into convulsion from the heat, from the direct sunlight. The mortality rate was monstrous. There were bodies everywhere. The calves were living with the dead ones. They were purposely penned in these six-by-four enclosures with corpses of calves that recently died.”

That was the second dairy farm in Florida accused of severely abusing cows, and those abuses happen under the nose of the Florida Department of Agriculture, who did investigate that second farm and noticed only minor problems.

We need more consistent and more stringent regulations inside dairy farms! If you refuse to drink milk from cows that have suffered cruelly, please sign this petition and let's submit it to the USDA!!


Photo credit: Animal Rescue Mission

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