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Update: PETA Files Suit Seeking Information on Sanctioning of Cruel Dairy Farm

Written by PETA | February 26, 2013

Update: PETA has filed a lawsuit against the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets under the state’s Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) seeking records relating to Adirondack Farms, LLC—the subject of last year’s undercover PETA investigation that revealed routine abuse and neglect of cows (see below for details).

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Despite these abuses, the department certified Adirondack under its Cattle Health Assurance Program, which is meant to protect the health and welfare of cows on dairy farms. Records relating to a farm’s participation in this program are supposed to be open to the general public under FOIL, but the department has improperly denied PETA access to many of these records. Since this information is of vital interest to anyone who wants to see farmed animals treated with the respect and care that they deserve, PETA was left with no choice but to sue to obtain the withheld records.

Originally posted on April 11, 2012:

The dairy farm manager who repeatedly electro-shocked a cow in the face and brushed off the fact that his workers hit cows with poles and canes by saying that they sometimes “get carried away” is still employed as a manager at the farm—a month after PETA notified the farm’s owners of the cruelty and released video evidence of the abuse.

More Cruelty Caught on Video

The same manager at Adirondack Farms, LLC, in Peru, New York, was recorded jabbing a downed cow in the ribs with a screwdriver and dragging her behind a skid steer. He cursed at her—calling her a “dumb b***h” and asking how the “f**k” she was unable to stand. You may remember that this man stated that when a cow’s uterus prolapses during calving, workers simply “put [the uterus] back in and hope she lives … long enough for the beef truck to come get her.”

Farm Silent on Ending Abuse

Before we went public with the video footage that we gathered during our undercover investigation, we asked the farm’s owners to take immediate disciplinary action, including termination, against the employees who were documented abusing animals. We gave the owners a detailed list of men and explained what they did. We followed up. Four weeks later, the owners remain silent. Even after eye-opening news reports on the case, neither Adirondack Farms nor Agri-Mark, the company that it supplies with milk, has announced taking a single meaningful step to improve their animal welfare standards. And that this manager is still on the job at the farm suggests that it’s cruel business as usual there and beyond in the dairy industry.

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  • paula says:

    please stop this awfull treatment of the poor cows!

  • Eve Saglietto says:

    Animals have a soul, they are not things or waste ! shame on you for this cruelty

  • Trista says:

    Why is this person (and I use the term loosely) still working around animals?!? I will boycott all products made or partailly made by this farm and this man needs to be fired and prosecuted for animal cruelty. Anyone that hurts defenseless things like animals or children, that we are supposed to love and protect, has a major screw loose.

  • m. cecilia dallari says:

    STOP NOW!

  • Trista says:

    Why is this person (and I use the term loosely) still working around animals?!? I will boycott all products made or partailly made by this farm and this man needs to be fired and prosecuted for animal cruelty. Anyone that hurts defenseless things like animals or children, that we are supposed to love and protect, has a major screw loose.

  • JoAnna Brown says:

    These farms need to be closely supervised and monitored. We need a lot more Surprise Visits! Anyone treating an animal like this needs to be banned from ever working around animals!

  • Save animals save humanity says:

    Save animals save humanity

  • Louis says:

    Let me have 10min with him

  • Mother cow's child says:

    Such acts are cruel and filled with sin. In hindu relegion Cow is worshipped as she is our mother, provides us milk …people should read about it. She is dear to Lord Krishna (can get more details on ISKON website). It is the biggest sin to harm the cow and it’s children for any reason.

  • Janet Lambert says:

    Easiest way to get the attention of these people is to boycott their products. Also forward this information to EVERYONE on your email list. Post this on your FB/Twittet/Pintrest accounts. Get the word out. Let people know what their hard earned money is supporting when they purchase these products. It’s time for God to step in.

  • Sonya Armenia Hunter says:

    I would do the same to the person that did this & he needs to be shown that you can’t hurt animals & the law half the time do not do enough so that’s why people take it upon themselves to take it in there own hands to show the nasty b***ards that they can’t get away with hurting animals & i say good on them !!!!!!!!!!

  • Ann Seip says:

    WE MUST STOP THIS INHUMANE CRUELTY AND TREAT ANIMALS HUMANELY LIKE WE WANT TO BE TREATED!

  • joan dunsworth says:

    I have no faith in humans anymore. My loyalty is with my animals and to help and save as many as I can. We all have to pull together. THE CRUELY MUST STOP! WE MUST HELP!

  • Danielle says:

    This is so inhumane. Humans with no compassion or feeling for these sweet animals. Sick and Not Right! It needs to STOP NOW!!!

  • Caroline Kool from Holland says:

    Electro-shocking animals in civilized country? They even don’t think about it im the third world. Shame on you or maybe….he likes pain to much himself…….

  • ELIZ ROMAN says:

    HEARTBREAKING AS THE OTHER COWS WATCHED WHAT MUST BE DAILY TACTICS. I KNOW THEY WERE AWARE OF WHAT THAT ANIMAL HAD TO ENDURE. LACK OF TRAINING OF THE EMPLOYEE AND LACK OF QUALITY CONTROL WAS EVIDENT. EMPLOYEES OBVIOUSLY DO NOT HAVE THE PROPER TRAINING AND/OR ORIENTATION THAT ANIMALS ARE NOT HUMANS AND MUST BE HANDLED/DEALT WITH ENTIRELY DIFFERENT. THIS VIDEO SHOWS AN IMPATIENT WORKER NOT ABLE TO COPE WITH THAT. WHAT MAKES OWNERS ALLOW IT, IS MONEY GREED. I WILL STOP PURCHASING CABOT CHEESE KNOWING THAT THESE TACTICS BROUGHT THAT PRODUCT TO MY TABLE.

  • Michelle Williams says:

    I am appalled!! I have been a HUGE supporter of Cabot cheese. I had their greek yogurt every morning and bought most of my cheeses with their brand. I based supporting them by reviewing their web site and believing they were morally humane. Although nothing should surprise us anymore, I am truly sickened by this. I will absolutely no longer EVER buy another Cabot product! Ever!

  • Diane Rencher says:

    This is appalling, I used to own and operate a dairy farm. I would never dream of treating my animals in such a way. Revolting and disgusting to say the least!!

  • Pam L. says:

    This is so awful!! I’ve never bought any of there products & I never will!!

  • barbier-hoffmann says:

    No limit for cruelty coming from “human beeings”!!!!!!!! HATE U

  • Pia Wass says:

    …and please may all animal abusers go to hell. Always the end of my evening prayer.

  • Fiévet says:

    What can we do to prevent crazy people (are they really crazy actually ?) from torturing animals ? Let’s fight to find solutions

  • Fievet says:

    Some people have more and more imagination to make animals’life a hell ! Let’s punish the ones who do that!!!!!!!!!!!Animals think that human beings are gods ; let’s show them some of them are not mosters !

  • ANNIE PEYSSON says:

    Cruel Boss Still Works at Dairy Farm

  • Scott says:

    Nothing wrong with eating dairy as a food in and of itself, however until cows stop being abused in this way I just won’t buy dairy at all. Boycott all dairy until this crap completely stops.

  • Mrs J.Ackerman says:

    Pity we have to share a planet with inhumane people like this.

  • Nicholas Dimitriadis says:

    Disgrace!

  • Ahrens says:

    people who do this are not normal

  • r manek says:

    stronger laws need to be implemented to protect these poor animals who cannot speak up for themselves, but they feel the pain. this abuser and any animal abuser must be brought to justice.

  • MASTER says:

    YOU BASTARD WILL FIND YOUR MASTER! I PRAY FOR ! AUTHORITIES HAVE TO PLACE IMMEDIATELY A BAN ON ATROCITIES, ON KILLINGS TO ALL LIVING CREATURES BY APPLY STRONGEST JUSTICE TO PERSONS RESPONSIBLE ! THEY ONLY HAVE TO BRACE AND PLEDGE FOR SPECIES-APPROPRIATE HUSBANDRY ! THESE ABUSES ARE UNBEARABLY FOR CIVILIZED SOCIETIES. MONSTERS SHOULD GET SEPARATED FROM OTHER HUMANBEINGS FOR DON´T DISTURB THEIR FEELINGS IN A NONHUMANE WAY ! „The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.“ Mahatma Ghandi Your GREATNESS LOOKS HORRIBLE ! I PERSONALLY WISH TORTURERES THAT THEY NEVER CAN SLEEP IN NIGHTS AND BE TORTURED BY THEIR OWN DRAMAS: EMPTINESS IN THEIR BRAINS and HEARTS. WHICH AUTHORITY IS ABLE TO EFFORD THIS ? HOW WE CAN TRUST OUR AUTHORITIES ARE WELLPAYED BY ALL OF US IF SOMETHING LIKE THIS IS GOING ON? THIS IS ABSOLUTELY WRONG AND UNACCEPTABLE !!! THE LAW IS TO CHANGE TO STOP SOMETHING SICK LIKE THIS ! „And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because one’s conscience tells one that it is right.”

  • Sabine Lamparter says:

    Pleas stopp it! The dairy farm manager who repeatedly electro-shocked a cow in the face and brushed off the fact that his workers hit cows with poles and canes by saying that they sometimes “get carried away” is still employed as a manager at the farm—a month after PETA notified the farm’s owners of the cruelty and released video evidence of the abuse. The same manager at Adirondack Farms, LLC, in Peru, New York, was recorded jabbing a downed cow in the ribs with a screwdriver and dragging her behind a skid steer. He cursed at her—calling her a “dumb b***h” and asking how the “f**k” she was unable to stand. You may remember that this man stated that when a cow’s uterus prolapses during calving, workers simply “put [the uterus] back in and hope she lives … long enough for the beef truck to come get her.” Farm Silent on Ending Abuse Before we went public with the video footage that we gathered during our undercover investigation, we asked the farm’s owners to take immediate disciplinary action, including termination, against the employees who were documented abusing animals. We gave the owners a detailed list of men and explained what they did. We followed up. Four weeks later, the owners remain silent. Even after eye-opening news reports on the case, neither Adirondack Farms nor Agri-Mark, the company that it supplies with milk, has announced taking a single meaningful step to improve their animal welfare standards. And that this manager is still on the job at the farm suggests that it’s cruel business as usual there and beyond in the dairy industry. http://youtu.be/Qe2LZz_ID9c Thanks, Sabine Lamparter

  • beryl maher says:

    Disgusting I cant believe a human being can be so cruel. It will come back to him.

  • priscilla littmoden says:

    These animals have no voice with which to speak. Anaimal abusers should be abused themselves. How can any human being hurt an animal in such a cruel way!! Defies belief. I am ashamed of the human race

  • jaana jaakkola says:

    STOP THIS HORROR TORTURE TO MAKING ANIMALS SUFFER AND ABUSING ANIMALS!! THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE1111 STOP IT NOW !!!

  • jaana jaakkola says:

    STOP TORTURING ANIMALS; THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE TO ABUSE ANIMALS THIS WAY!!!

  • Julie says:

    This is disgusting the way animals are treated why are people so cruel to farm animaqls this must stop and anyone found treating animals this way should get severe punishment. Why is this man still working with animals you know cruelty goes from animals to humans so it must be stopped. Take action to stop this cruelty.

  • Katalin Apathy says:

    I hope nobody will buy anything anymore from these disgusting sadists and this farm where this behaviour is allowed. (I don’t wanna call them human beings). This is the most terrible thing I can imagine, when somebody tortures other living creatures who can not defense themselves, and uses them like objects.

  • Verena says:

    Why do we prosecute people that committ violence against people and children, yet not against animals? Existing laws and injustness must be prosecuted and punished. We cannot tolerate and allow cruelty against animals.

  • Terri Stapleford fylling says:

    We must demand humane treatment for these poor animals who have no voice! Abusers should be punished to the full extent of the law and also sent to psychological counseling to find out why they are cruel and violent.

  • Lorna Grundy says:

    The cruelty of animals should carry heavy penalties. How can these people be classed as safe when they have such an evil streak? What else are they capable of, will they turn on children, or vulnerable people?

  • Ann says:

    How many times do we have to watch these shocking videos that relate to Cabot? Why is it still happening? Why is not something done about it? Why do you Americans not hit the Company where it hurts by not buying its products? The power is in your hands. Do NOT buy Cabot cheese!

  • Sara says:

    We MUST end this!!:.

  • Ilham Majure says:

    How about the same thing gets done to his mother while him watching! This man is sick in the head and a danger on earth.

  • Rajani Iyer says:

    Speechless innocent creatures sufferings due to the heartless behaviour of humans when will end from this world? This question GOD only answer.

  • josh pelleg says:

    attrocity of a brutal man Stop him Josh

  • Silvia Cooley says:

    Someone has to stop animal abuse in this Country! We have to stop those farmers! We should stop buying their products!

  • Amanda says:

    To read what has happened is enough to turn my stomach. I cannot bring myself to watch the video, I believe it to be true because it wouldn’t be there otherwise. It’s because of these brave undercover investigators that we know these dreadful things are happening, I could never do it, I haven’t the balls, and it means that we can do something about it. The law should be much harder on these so-called people, they should be convicted for GBH or murder as they would be if they were treating a human being in such a manner. Better still, make these people go through the exact same treatment as their poor animals, lets video them suffering, put it on You Tube and I am sure many people would rejoice. It’s stories like these that I refuse there is a God. He would not allow such suffering. Man suffers because of his sins, according to the bible, what are animals suffering for?

  • Magdel Smith says:

    SICK FREAK!! Die wiel draai jou verskoning van ‘n mens!

  • ad says:

    Ki.. all animal abusers, monsters!!

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