Dairy Farm Dumps Manure Into Creek, Killing More Than 3,500 Fish

According to Plant-Based News, Indiana dairy farm High Point Dairy has agreed to pay a $9,600 civil penalty fine plus a $1,775 reimbursement to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources after manure overflowed into nearby Fountain Creek last year, killing upwards of 3,500 fish.

The owner of the farm, Robert White, estimated that around 5,000 gallons of cow manure polluted the water. The trouble started when a manure lagoon, storing thousands of gallons of cow waste, became full to the brim. Then came heavy rains, making the overflow inevitable. By the time residents noticed dead fish in the creek, it was too late.

According to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, this isn’t the first time High Point Dairy has violated environmental regulations.

This news comes just a month after the second-largest dairy farm in Oregon, Lost Valley Farm, lost its operating permit due to similar violations. Lost Valley Farm repeatedly mismanaged its waste and contaminated legally protected groundwater with cow manure.

Before Lost Valley Farm built its massive dairy operation, concerned officials in Morrow County penned a letter to the state’s department of agriculture explaining that the farm could negatively impact human health and the environment:
The County Court respectfully asks that the ODA, through issuance of this permit, not harm water reserves, increase groundwater contamination, or negatively impact agricultural production.
The dairy industry has a horrendous record of violating environmental regulations and polluting water. Last year, a dairy factory farm just outside Loveland, Colorado, was placed under investigation after public health officials discovered that cow manure had been dumped into the Big Thompson River. Similarly, more than 190,000 gallons of manure from Tony Silveira Dairy spilled into Oregon’s Tillamook Bay last year. And an HP Hood dairy facility in Frederick County, Virginia, came under fire for regularly violating pollution limits in its wastewater.

Toxins like manure and fertilizer from factory farm runoff leak into nearby waterways. These toxins promote algae blooms, which create dead zones that kill aquatic life. In fact, animal excrement and agricultural runoff have polluted nearly one-third of rivers in the U.S.

Dairy factory farming is not only damaging to human health and the environment but unspeakably cruel. At dairy factory farms, cows are treated as mere milk-producing machines. They are forcibly impregnated and kept in terrible conditions. Calves are torn away from their mothers shortly after they are born. Male calves are killed for veal. Females are forced into the dairy herd, trapped in a cycle of abuse for years until they are considered “spent” and sent to slaughter.

Heartbreaking, right? Just watch this undercover video from a Mercy For Animals investigation.


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