Mercy For Animals releases yet another recent and horrifying undercover investigation into inexplicable and sadistic abuse of dairy cows and calves in Ohio. As more and more investigations like this continue to make their way into the light, we must ask ourselves how commonplace treatment like this really is. If undercover investigators are able to capture this much gratuitous abuse, what must go unseen?  When living, feeling, emotional and intelligent animals are forced to endure a reality like this, there is no sufficient excuse.

The perpetrator clearly takes pleasure in inflicting blows with a hammer to the head of a baby cow, attacking cows with a crowbar and a pitchfork. These animals spend their entire, miserable lives confined to filthy stalls where they are constantly impregnated only to have their newborns torn away so humans can instead drink their milk in addition to eating their babies as veal. We take everything from them. Cows often bellow for hours or days when their babies are taken away, but the milk they would drink would mean lost profits. They are spared nothing; they are shown no mercy. The very least we can do is ensure they are not tortured beyond what is already withstood to spend their lives as cogs in a milk-making machine. Federal and state laws must be implemented and strengthened to prevent egregious cruelty to farmed animals.  If you needed motivation to give up dairy, here it is.

Numerous MFA undercover investigations at dairy farms, pig farms, egg farms, hatcheries and slaughterhouses have revealed that violence and abuse to farmed animals – whether malicious or institutionalized – runs rampant nationwide.