One employee reportedly fired in response to video showing animal cruelty
Washington, DC — May 9, 2017 — Today, Compassion Over Killing (COK), a national animal protection organization, released a shocking new investigation of Mason Dixon Farms. Just ahead of Mother’s Day, the heart-wrenching video reveals violent abuse of mother cows on a massive dairy factory farm, one of the largest on the East Coast and the first in the US to implement “robo-milking” of cows by machines.
Mason Dixon Farms is a supplier to Land O’Lakes and Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), the nation’s largest milk marketing cooperative. DFA’s customers include Kraft Heinz, Chobani, Dean Foods, and Leprino Foods, which is the largest mozzarella cheese maker in the world, supplying top pizza chains Little Caesars, Papa John’s, Domino’s, and Pizza Hut.
According to DFA, Mason Dixon has fired one employee in response to the acts of animal cruelty documented in this footage.
Filmed by a COK investigator working inside the dairy facility in Gettysburg, Penn., the video reveals shocking animal cruelty and concerning safety hazards for farm workers.
Mason Dixon touts itself as a leading example in the dairy industry, but COK’s undercover video reveals:
- egregious cruelty to animals, including cows being kicked in the face, punched in their sensitive udders, excessively shocked with an electric prod, jabbed with pens or elbows, and having their tails twisted or bent by workers
- cows living in hazardous conditions, routinely getting stuck on water troughs or inside stalls
- safety risks, including workers handling hazardous formaldehyde with limited protective gear
“Our heartbreaking video exposes horrific animal cruelty at Mason Dixon, a supplier to some of the biggest names in dairy,” said Cheryl Leahy, General Counsel of Compassion Over Killing. “This is the devastating reality of where milk comes from, and as a mother, I am especially saddened to see gentle mother cows being systematically exploited and abused by this industry.”
COK submitted its evidence of animal cruelty to local authorities, calling for prompt enforcement action.
For more details and to view investigative video, visit: https://cok.net/dairy * Warning: this video contains graphic content.
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Compassion Over Killing (COK) is a nonprofit animal protection organization working to end the abuse of farmed animals through undercover investigations, litigation, corporate outreach, public education, and other advocacy programs. https://cok.net