Temple Grandin, PhD, PAS
Dr. Grandin is considered the world's leading expert on farmed-animal welfare. She is an associate professor of livestock behavior at Colorado State University and an animal welfare advisor to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the meat industry. Dr. Grandin states:
"The poor animals were bellowing in pain and distress.
"These people should be prosecuted for cruelty to animals. This video showed animal torture equally as bad as the infamous Westland Hallmark video. It was shocking."
Dr. Cheever is a veterinary practitioner who has had a lifetime of exposure to dairy cattle. Dr. Cheever is a graduate of Cornell's School of Veterinary Medicine and assists local and state law officers in the investigation and prosecution of animal abuse, frequently in cases involving dairy cattle. Dr. Cheever states:
"[T]he treatment that these cows are receiving goes way beyond impatience and poor technique on the part of the handlers: these actions are gratuitous, violent, brutal, and are calculated to cause suffering."
Dr. Rollin is a distinguished professor of animal science at Colorado State University and is well known internationally for his over 30 years of work in animal welfare. He was a major architect of federal laws protecting laboratory animals, and has written two books on farmed animal welfare. He serves on the Pew Commission examining confined animal feeding operations and is an expert witness on animal welfare issues in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Rollin states:
Mr. Wailes is an extension dairy specialist and Head of the Department of Animal Sciences at Colorado State University, is an internationally renowned dairy expert, and has owned and been involved with dairy farms all of his life. He states:
Dr. Teachout is a practicing veterinarian who graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. She also holds an advanced degree in veterinary clinical pathology from Western College of Veterinary Medicine and completed additional coursework in farmed animal welfare. Dr. Teachout states:
"These very young calves are suffering immeasurable physical and mental injury and torment.
"The fact that there are several different people captured in the acts of malicious attacks on the calves and cows suggests an exceedingly permissive and even supportive atmosphere for animal cruelty to become the norm at this facility. ... There is obviously no respect for the animals or for their welfare at all. ... The lives of the calves and cows at this farm are full of terror and pain."
Dr. Ball is a licensed veterinarian with 19 years of experience working with animals. As part of Dr. Ball's training he has studied farmed animals and zoonotic disease. Dr. Ball's veterinary practice involves evaluating animals for pain and stress in various situations. Dr Ball states:
"In many cases the attacks seem to be made just for the sake of causing pain. The [workers] shown should be viewed as a threat to all species of animals and should be investigatied as far as [their] potential to strike the same sort of suffering on humans as well. This footage should be seen as a red flag for child, spousal and other forms of violence."