MILK
MISERY
Behind nearly every glass of milk and slice of cheese there is a story of extreme animal cruelty and exploitation. A new Mercy For Animals Canada undercover investigation reveals horrific animal abuse at Canada’s largest dairy factory farm.
THIS INVESTIGATION DOCUMENTED HORRIFIC ABUSES:
Workers viciously kicking, punching, beating, and hitting cows in the face and body with chains, canes, metal pipes, and rakes
Sick and injured cows suffering from open wounds, oozing infections, and painful injuries left to suffer without proper veterinary care
Workers using chains and tractors to lift sick and injured cows by their necks
Workers poking and squeezing festering wounds, ripping clumps of hair out of cows' sensitive tails, and punching bulls in the testicles
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CRUELTY CRITICS
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“The actions observed in this video are the most severe cases of animal abuse I have ever seen in 32 years as a bovine veterinarian.”
Dr. James Reynolds
“Not only is there a complete disregard for the animals' welfare, but there seems to be great hatred directed at the cows.”
Dr. Mary Richardson
“[T]his facility obviously tolerates and promotes a culture of abuse, cruelty and disregard for the welfare of the cows. … [T]he treatment of the cows in this facility is inhumane and completely unacceptable.”
Dr. Lee Schrader
“A culture of overt cruelty and abuse is permitted to flourish in this facility. The workers in this video that are caught in abusive behavior toward cows and those that are permitting it to happen should never work with animals again.”
Dr. Debra Teachout
“[T]he employees at this dairy demonstrated a disturbing level of callousness and obvious pleasure in abusing these good-natured, often debilitated animals.”
Dr. Debora Zimmermann
“The footage depicts gross mistreatment of multiple cows. ... All of these actions would have resulted in unnecessary and unjustifiable pain and suffering.”
Dr. Katherine van Ekert Onay
“The way these cows are handled is completely inexcusable and undeniably poor welfare practice.”
Dr. Armaiti May
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NATURE vs. FACTORY FARMS
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NATURE

Cows are highly intelligent and friendly animals who can form long-lasting, deep bonds of friendship with other cows and even their human caregivers. Cows have extremely complex social groups and tend to choose the herd leaders for their intelligence, experience, and good social skills.

FACTORY FARMS

Researchers have shown that factory-farmed cows kept in groups of more than 200 become stressed and will continually fight for dominance. Breaking bonds of friendship whenever cows are sold to other farms or slaughterhouses also heightens their stress.
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NATURE

Much like humans, cows mourn the deaths of those they love. They even shed tears over the loss of friends who are separated from them. The bond between a mother cow and her calf is particularly strong and cows are widely known to cry out for their calves if they go missing.

FACTORY FARMS

Like humans and other mammals, cows only produce milk when they are pregnant or nursing, so the dairy industry keeps cows in a constant cycle of pregnancy and lactation. Newborn calves are dragged away from their mothers within a day of birth so that all of their mothers’ milk can be sold for profit.
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NATURE

Cows are smart and sophisticated animals who can even understand cause-and-effect relationships, which is a sign of advanced cognitive abilities. Not only do cows swiftly figure out solutions to problems, they find the challenge wonderfully exciting.

FACTORY FARMS

The only thing cows on dairy farms learn is that they are likely to be kicked or beaten on their way to the milking parlor two or three times a day. A study by the dairy industry indicates that nearly 40 percent of cows are lame because of intensive confinement, filth, and unnaturally high milk production.
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