Thursday, September 18, 2014

Mercy for Animals hits another dairy farm

Mercy for Animals has hit another dairy farm with underground video footage, but this time the impact is even greater than it was at Chilliwack Cattle Sales in British Columbia.

Winchester Dairy outside Roswell, New Mexico, has fired all of its staff, stopped milking cows and has dispersed its cattle to nearby farms.

The New Mexico Livestock Board and law enforcement officials are investigating the dairy regarding the practices shown in the video.

Winchester Dairy supplies milk to Leprino Foods, the world's largest maker of mozzarella cheese and a supplier to major pizza chains including Pizza Hut, Papa John's, and Domino's.

Leprino Foods did not respond to a request for comment.

Chiliwack Cattle Sales fired five employees implicated in the Mercy-of-Animals underground video and said it would turn to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to help train its employees and would install video cameras to keep tabs on employees.

Milk sales from that farm, which is Canada’s largest, were also temporarily suspended until the British Columbia milk marketing board could confirm that the herd was being properly managed. For a short time the milk went to an energy-generating company in the United States.

Mercy for Animals also shot underground video at Hybrid Turkeys of Kitchener and Horizon Chicks hatchery at Hanover.