Target: Rick Smith, President and CEO, Dairy Farmers of America
Goal: Stop allowing extreme abuse of dairy cows.
Animal welfare group Mercy for Animals took footage of dairy cows allegedly being horribly abused and neglected at a farm under the Dairy Farmers of America. Cactus Acres Holsteins is just one of the many farms where MFA have taken videos of workers allegedly punching and kicking the cows, stabbing them, hitting them with equipment and pulling on their tails for extended periods of time. These animals were also enduring proper lack of veterinary care, causing the wounds from these beatings to be open and infected.
MFA has done numerous investigative videos about the dairy industry that have all shown extreme mistreatment of dairy cows all over the U.S. These animals are being subjected extreme neglect and abuse well they produce the milk and cheese sold all over the U.S.
DFA is an organization that covers almost 15,000 dairy farms, and if they created rules to regulate the treatment of the cows whose milk they sell in stores, farmers would be forced to improve the treatment of these animals.
These cows should not be forced to endure extreme neglect while producing the goods that are used all over the country; tell the Dairy Farmers of America their standards for animal treatment need to significantly improve on the farms that provide milk under their name, and any worker found of abuse should be immediately dismissed and charged with animal cruelty.
Dear Mr. Smith,
As a group with farms involved in dairy production in the U.S., you have the power to ensure that dairy cows have a reasonable standard of living and comfort while they provide their milk.
Mercy for Animals has released numerous videos showing the abuse of cows all over the country. These animals should be treated well for what they are providing and shouldn’t have to endure cruelty and deplorable living conditions. Dairy cows shouldn’t have to live this way and people want to know that the animals providing their goods are getting the treatment they deserve.
Don’t let the workers and farms producing milk as part of your cooperative perpetuate this cruelty; dismiss and charge these workers and create rules that will make conditions for these animals comfortable.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Richard Croft