Friday, May 19, 2017

Dairy workers face jail time

Three employees at Chilliwack Cattle Co., Canada’s largest dairy farm, have been sentenced to jail time for their cruel treatment of dairy cattle.

Mercy For Animals gave news media outlets video footage captured secretly by a company employee, touching off a firestorm of controversy and prompting the company to dismiss the employees, promise to do better and to hire the Humane Society to help it develop animal welfare protocols.

Jamie Visser and Chris Vandyke were given 60 days each in jail, while Travis Keefer must spend seven days in jail after they pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges.

Visser and Vandyke are also prohibited from having animals in their custody for three years and must serve six months' probation.

The company and its owner were fined $75,000 each after pleading guilty last year to causing an animal to continue to be in distress.