Commend Cruelty Charges for Animal Abusers


Target: John R Gossage, Brown County Sheriff, Wisconsin

Goal: Thank police for quickly laying appropriate charges in dairy cruelty case

Recently, animal cruelty charges were laid in the case of four Wisconsin dairy farm employees. The employees were caught on camera abusing dairy cows at Wiese Brothers Farm, a former supplier for popular frozen pizza brand DiGiorno. The video, which went viral in the animal rights community, prompted Nestle and DiGiorno to drop the dairy farm as a supplier.

According to the criminal complaint, video evidence captured by an undercover activist with Mercy for Animals shows shocking footage of employees taking enjoyment from harming dairy cows. The cows were kicked, whipped, stabbed, and otherwise beaten, while cows that were unable to move were dragged with a tractor. Calves were taken from their mothers right after birth, traumatizing mothers and sending most calves to their deaths.

The video sparked a police investigation into the dairy farm, which turned up a small group of employees responsible for the abuse. The four defendants named now face eleven counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty between them. Each count of mistreatment of animals is punishable by up to nine months in prison or a $10,000 fine.

This sort of cruelty is unacceptable from any employee or company with animals in its care. A quick investigation and tough prosecution can deter future instances of animal cruelty, as well as force employers to be more vigilant for wrongdoing in the workplace. Thank Wisconsin officials for investigating the case and laying charges in a timely manner.


Dear John R Gossage Brown County Sheriff,

Recently, charged were filed against four dairy farm employees caught abusing animals. A video released by an undercover activist shows employees at Wisconsin’s Wiese Brothers Farm beating, stabbing, whipping, and dragging dairy cows. In the video, the group of employees seemed to be entertained by the cruelty they were inflicting. The employees also took the calves away from their mothers as soon as they were born, which led to distress and anguish for the female cows.

The video prompted an investigation, which revealed a small group of employees responsible for the violence. Eleven charges were laid against four defendants, each charge with a possible penalty of up to nine months in prison or a $10,000 fine. These charges could possibly deter future abuse by farm industry employees, as well as prompt employers to keep a better eye on the goings-on in their facilities. Thank you for your quick work to identify and reprimand the abusers. I hope that you will continue to seek justice in all animal abuse cases.


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Photo credit: Kabsik Park via Creative Commons

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  1. Sheila Jefferson says:

    Thank you! 🙂

  2. I wish the people that mistreat these poor animals could be tortured the same way as they mistreated or killed these poor animals! That would really ever be the only way to correct this problem. They already have KARMA at their door. It’s a pathetic excuse for a human!

  3. It’s unfortunately bad enough that the animals are deprived of their lives for a few bites at a dinner table, but they are compoundedly abused more so by these morons. After the dairy cows cannot provide a prophet they are sent to the slaughter house to be executed. Before that they are kept pregnant and develop many types of infections. Far from a natural process.

  4. It’s because of these types of incidences that undercover investigators are necessary. Were it not for them we would never know the horror that humans put them through. These perpetrators deserve to have the same abuse inflicted on them and I pray that will happen when they go to prison.

  5. Holly Allison VH says:

    Thank You for speaking out against animal cruelty and for taking the legal actions necessary on behalf of those cannot speak out for,let alone protect,themselves. Let us help you to keep the momentum going. JUST SAY NO to all animal cruelty. Thank you.

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