Stop Horrific Cruelty on Dairy Farm


Target: CEO of Leprino Foods, James Leprino

Goal: End deplorable cruelty to cows and implement better animal rights policies

Recently, an animal rights group called Mercy for Animals sent an undercover agent into a dairy farm in southern New Mexico. After getting hired, he was able to video the workers there committing horrific acts of cruelty to the cows. This farm is contracted with by Leprino Foods, the world’s largest mozzarella cheese supplier, which sells cheese to major pizza companies like Domino’s, Papa John’s, and Pizza Hut. Leprino Foods needs to implement stricter and more humane animal rights policies for its farms.

In the video, workers are seen savagely kicking and punching cows, stabbing them with screwdrivers causing bloody wounds, shocking sick and injured cows, shocking cows’ sensitive genitals, whipping cows in the face and body with metal chains and wires, and dragging sick cows behind a tractor. Cows that are sick and injured are left to die without veterinary care. If they take too long to die, they are forced into trucks and carted away to be slaughtered offsite. Calves are taken from their mothers after they are born and viciously thrown into the back of pick up trucks. Most male calves are destined to be killed soon for veal. This video can be seen here.

The dairy in New Mexico, called Winchester Dairy, is being investigated by the New Mexico Livestock Board. The dairy farm is scheduled to be shut down, but this is not enough. Leprino Foods must change their animal rights policies to make them stricter and cruelty-free. These animals have feelings too and can feel pain just as sharply as we do; they are not just milk and cheese producing machines, but living beings. Leprino needs to ensure that cows are treated humanely on all of their farms. For all we know, this type of cruelty could be going on in another of their farms that does not have an undercover animal rights activist there to leak it to the public. Tell Leprino to upgrade their animal rights policies so sickening acts like these do not happen again.


Dear Mr. Leprino,

The video showing how the cows were treated at the Winchester Dairy is extremely horrific. These cows were tortured and deprived of veterinary care for no reason. The poor cows are in misery their whole lives and are treated as merely milk and cheese producing machines instead of living beings who deserve respect and care. The actions committed by the workers on this dairy farm are deplorable and inhumane to say the least.

Leprino Foods needs to step up its animal rights policies to show that it really does care about the animals from which its profit comes, and not just the profit itself. Even though this could be an isolated incident, it might not be. This could be happening on other farms that provide your company with the cows to make your mozzarella cheese. You need to ensure that cows are treated humanely and with respect on all your farms by upgrading your animal rights policies.


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Photo Credit: Ethelred via Wikimedia Commons

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  1. Despina M. Andrelus says:

    “A righteous man regards the life of animals” – PROVERBS 12:10; “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion & pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men” – ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI; “Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” – MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.; “I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs…(They) are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no rights to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty….” – JAMES HARRIOT; “The greatness of a nation & its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” – MAHATMA GANDHI

  2. I give so much credit to those who work undercover…There is no way I would be able to keep my cool and not go ballistic not to mention letting all the animals out. If these scumbags who own the farms dont care about the animals they have no business being in that business.
    STOP EATING MEAT AND CHEESE…OR TRY CERTIFIED HUMANE PRODUCTS and faux products…Look them up and they will show you stores that carry their products…the babies still die but at least they arent tortured. People so suck!!

  3. These psychopaths don’t deserve the air they breath and are really the scum of humanity. Thank god these crimes are coming to light and the animal welfare movement is gaining traction. Please boycott these establishments.

  4. Garth Mills says:

    In South Africa we have responsible super markets, restaurants and fast food suppliers that inspect these dairy farms and besides that no South African Farmer worth his/hers salt will tolerate any abuse of their livestock be our farmers black or white now if a developing countries farmers can do that surely a first world country like America should be able to do the same if not better?


  6. Nena Miller says:

    I am always ashamed of the human race when I see a large, gentle cow dragged while still living, to their death. How in Gods name have we all not realized that theSe animals have feelings and emotion; their mourn the taking of their calves. They watch as their company is stripped of any dignity and tortured by humans who are charged with their care. Caring for another living creature should be a calling, caring would be kindness even unto their deaths. I so believe their will be a reckoning for abusers. I wonder if their families and children would be proud of the jobs they perform. I wish on them all, sleepless nights and unhappy lives… And someday if our human race wakes up justice for thee torture they have inflicted … For cheese, really?

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