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Breaking: Dairy Workers Charged With Criminal Animal Cruelty Following MFA Investigation

Four New Mexico dairy farm workers have been charged with a total of nine counts of criminal cruelty to animals following an undercover investigation by Mercy For Animals at Winchester Dairy outside of Roswell, New Mexico.

Shocking video footage obtained by an MFA investigator shows workers viciously kicking and punching cows, stabbing them with screwdrivers, violently whipping them in their faces and bodies with chains and metal wires, and dragging “downer cows who were too sick or injured to stand with a tractor while workers shocked them in the genitals with electric prods.

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Immediately after the investigation, MFA presented law enforcement with the video footage and a detailed legal complaint outlining the clear violations of New Mexico’s anti-cruelty laws. Mercy For Animals praises the New Mexico Livestock Board and the Chaves County District Attorney’s Office for their decisive action in pursuing justice on behalf of the animals abused at Winchester Dairy.

While it is important that these individual animal abusers are held accountable, it is ultimately the owners and managers at Winchester Dairy who are responsible for allowing a culture of criminal cruelty and neglect to fester at their factory farm.

As numerous MFA investigations prove, cows are all too often subjected to cruel, inhumane, and illegal abuses at dairy factory farms across the country. Recognizing the importance of meaningful animal welfare policies to prevent egregious abuse in their supply chains, some major dairy producers have started to take action.

Following this investigation at Winchester Dairy and meetings with MFA, Leprino Foods, the world’s largest mozzarella cheese maker and a supplier to Pizza Hut, Domino’s, and Papa John’s restaurants, committed to the most comprehensive animal welfare policy ever adopted by a major U.S. dairy company. Nestlé and Great Lakes Cheese, two of the largest dairy companies in the world, also agreed to make meaningful animal welfare requirements for their suppliers based on MFA undercover investigations.

With these three announcements, it’s never been clearer that the days are numbered for dairy factory farms that beat and drag cows, and mutilate them without painkillers. It’s now time for Dean Foods, Land O’Lakes, and other mega-dairies to stop dragging their feet and implement their own animal welfare guidelines to reduce the pain and suffering that cows endure on factory farms.

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