Many farmers like myself and my family spend long hours caring for our animals the proper way only to have one bed actor ruin it for thousands. I personally have given up sleep and meals to make sure the cows came first I know farmers who brave some of the worst weather know to mankind to rescue animals and the thanks we get from a “brother” farmer is a slap in the face. I hope anyone found guilty of any wrongdoing faces the maximum punishment possible.”
From Minnesota’s Orange Patch Dairy
“It was really hard for me to watch such pain and disrespect for these calves. Heart wrenching doesn't even begin to describe how I felt. I wanted to reach through the screen at take a swing at the abusers! Everyday, dairy farmers like myself work diligently, putting the care of our calves and cows first, most times before our own care.
It is a black eye on our industry when another situation like this is found. Abuse of this nature is not commonplace in our industry, even though some activists would lead you to believe this. Orange Patch Dairy and other dairies across the nation strive everyday to improve the care we give our animals. We do not treat our animals like waste and we do not withhold medication/medical care. Our cows get our VERY BEST, EVERYDAY!
Thank you MFA for finding and reporting this abuse. It is an example of completely INAPPROPRIATE animal care.”
And this from Haley Farms in Ohio
“I would like to thank Mercy For Animals (MFA) for finding and reporting this abuse to authorities after they were done with their two week investigation, even though I feel that they should have reported it quicker. This is one of several undercover video’s that was released by this group over the past few years. Surely they have been on thousands of farms that treat their animals with respect. If this group really want to show America how farm animals are treated across the majority of farms in the United States that they show footage from these thousands of farms as well.”
Mercy For Animals
Comments posted on Mercy For Animals web site included a statement from Debra Teachout, DVM, MVSc, who viewed the video and said, “There is evidence of overt animal cruelty and neglect in this facility. Death by hammer blows to the head is an unspeakably brutal way to die for any animal.
There is total disregard for proper calf husbandry or treatment. Caretaker interactions with calves are threatening, heavy-handed and totally unacceptable with calf welfare and suffering not a priority at all. Standards for sanitation are appalling, suggesting there are likely no standards at all. The physical and psychological needs of the calves are ignored and jeopardized by management at this facility.