Target: Lino A. Saputo, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of Saputo Dairies
Goal: Applaud the refusal of dairy products from cruel and abusive supplier
Saputo, one of Canada’s largest processors of dairy products, has recently dropped one of its suppliers after evidence surfaced of violent abuse by employees. Several employees were caught on camera maliciously punching, kicking, and beating cows with weapons. The farm where the abuse took place, Chilliwack Cattle Sales in British Colombia, will no longer be able to sell its products through Dairyland or Saputo, Canada’s largest dairy cooperatives.
A group of eight employees were seen beating cows with whips, chains, canes, and other weapons, showing no mercy to “downed” or disabled cows that could not move themselves away from the abuse. These “downed” cows, the ones that are too injured to move, were dragged by chains from tractors in order to move them out of the way. The cows are also seen suffering from untreated open wounds and injuries, which can become easily infected in the farm’s unsanitary conditions.
Though the eight employees were fired for their brutal actions, Saputo will no longer be doing business with Chilliwack Cattle Sales. Canada’s Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) is currently investigating the case and may press charges.
As Canada’s largest dairy processor, Saputo’s efforts to ensure responsible and compassionate treatment toward animals by its suppliers sets a positive example for Canada’s dairy industry as a whole. Your signature will commend the processor’s actions, which will deter cruelty in other dairy farms across the country.
Dear Lino A. Saputo, Jr,
Saputo recently announced that it will no longer be accepting dairy products from a farm where animal cruelty runs rampant. Recorded evidence shows eight employees at Chiliwack Cattle Sales violently beating cows with their fists and feet as well as with weapons such as chains and canes. Many cows in the facility suffer from visible lacerations and open wounds, a serious threat to their health in such filthy conditions.
The supplier will no longer be able to sell its product to Canada’s largest supplier of dairy products, and will face close scrutiny from future business partners as well as possible legal actions by the SPCA. The move to remove the supplier from Saputo’s sales will have a positive impact on Canada’s dairy industry by encouraging responsible and compassionate treatment of animals. I applaud this move, which highlights a zero tolerance policy for animal cruelty.
[Your Name Here]
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