Our cows enjoy a meal in this cool, comfortable barn
At our dairy, as on most dairies across the nation, everything we do every day is done with our cows in mind - they deserve and receive outstanding care. From comfortable housing to quality feed to the availability of fresh water and so on. The comfort and well-being of our animals is our #1 priority.
There are groups that spend millions each year trying to persuade the public that animal agriculture is evil. These groups, such as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and Mercy for Animals have a shared goal - promoting a vegan lifestyle. They find isolated cases of animal abuse and attempt to convince consumers these awful acts are common on livestock farms. They want you to believe their intention is improving farm animal care but in reality their goal is to make it difficult for animal agriculture to exist with the ultimate goal of ending the production and consumption of meat, milk and eggs.
This week, Mercy for Animals held a press conference in Ohio to release a video showing an employee abusing animals on an Ohio dairy farm. The video depicted awful treatment of cattle and was upsetting to watch. I find it equally disturbing this video was shot over a four week period. Why didn’t the person doing the undercover filming immediately report the abuse to the farm owner or law enforcement? I guess making a big splash with a press conference is better than speaking up immediately to protect the animals in harm’s way.
This display of animal abuse was horrible and justice must be served. The day the video was released; the employee was terminated and later arrested and charged with 12 counts of cruelty to animals. In Ohio it’s illegal to “unnecessarily or cruelly beat livestock or domestic animals”. The employee in this video should be prosecuted and the person who videotaped it should be punished for not reporting it immediately.
I hope people realize the mistreatment of animals is not normal and not tolerated in the dairy industry. Dairy farmers work seven days a week caring for their cows. Excellent care results in a content animal that produces a quality product. To learn more about how dairy farmers care for their cows go to http://www.ohiodairyfarmers.com/ and http://www.dairyfarmingtoday.org.