Dogs? Nope. It’s about Dairy Cows today.
Today it is about cows. Dairy cows to be more specific.
On Wednesday night, I saw a news story and video so disturbing that I physically recoiled and flinched in horror. The video was taken by Mercy for Animals at Conklin Dairy Farms Inc. In it (the video) you see workers at the dairy farm abusing dairy cows with such ferocity that I can only think these people are not meant to be a part of society. Abuse didn’t just include adult dairy cows, but calves, and it included “holding down newborn calves and stomping on their heads…, one worker wiring a cow’s nose to a metal bar near the ground and repeatedly beating it with another bar while it bled”, kicking cows, stabbing them with pitchforks, and other abuse. Trust me. This video is one of the most disturbing I have ever seen.
According to the owners of Conklin Dairy Farms - “The video shows animal care that is clearly inconsistent with the high standards we set for our farm and its workers, and we find the specific mistreatment shown on the video to be reprehensible and unacceptable,” and “We will not condone animal abuse on our farm.”
Here is what I am wondering Conklin Dairy Farms: How is it possible that your company could have so little oversight over your workers that you could miss abuse such as this? How is it possible you didn’t know this was going on under your own roof? Are you so disconnected from your business that you don’t even know what goes on in a day-to-day basis? And, what are you going to do to ensure that this never happens again?
We await your answers.
In the meantime, I am grateful that one worker has been charged with animal cruelty, but with 12 counts of animal cruelty against him I know that his punishment will be much less gruesome than the abuse he meted out to these animals. What a shame.
If you as the reader can watch this whole video then you are bigger person than me.