Written by Jeff Mackey
On Dairy Day in Albany—when dairy industry representatives flood the New York capitol—State Sen. Tony Avella, a friend to
animals and member of the Agriculture Committee, joined PETA in calling on Agri-Mark, Inc., maker of Cabot and McCadam cheeses, to
end animal abuse on its suppliers' farms.
Three months have passed since PETA alerted Agri-Mark to the
cruelty to cows documented during PETA's undercover investigation at one of Agri-Mark's suppliers, Adirondack Farms, LLC, and asked the company
to require all cooperative members to implement basic and reasonable reforms
that would prevent such cruelty from continuing and improve cows' lives.
Nearly 60,000 supporters have joined PETA's call so far, but
Agri-Mark remains silent and apparently hasn't done a thing. Indeed, one
manager who jabbed a downed
cow in the ribs with a screwdriver and used a skid steer to drag her approximately
25 feet and electro-shocked another cow on the face repeatedly was left
working in a supervisory capacity at the facility!
The dairy industry flacks—including those pimping McCadam
cheese, made just down the road from Adirondack Farms—were hoping to celebrate
Dairy Day by cozying up to lawmakers but were instead reminded of the cruelty
of their dirty business as Sen. Avella displayed video footage from PETA's
investigation. The exposé showed
cows who were jabbed with poles and a calf who
thrashed in agony while her horn buds and surrounding tissue were burned off without pain relief
as smoke rose from her flesh.
Please help Sen. Avella and PETA make sure that Agri-Mark gets
the message to implement PETA's recommendations to end the most egregious
abuses of cows on its cooperative members' farms immediately.
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