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Land O’Lakes Says It Doesn’t Inspect Facilities for the Treatment of Animals

Written by PETA | September 30, 2009

 

PETA’s investigation footage from a filthy Pennsylvania dairy facility that supplies Land O’Lakes continues to receive massive press coverage. All the coverage has prompted the Fortune 250 company to issue an official statement—one that only serves to highlight the profit-driven callousness and lack of concern for animals within the corporation and the dairy industry as a whole.

Jeanne Forbis, the director of communications at Land O’Lakes, said, “[W]hen state-certified inspectors do inspections at dairy farms they are inspecting for milk and equipment sanitation practices, not animal treatment.”

Is that supposed to be the “excuse” for why the Land O’Lakes inspector didn’t bother to note that cows were living in filth, without bedding or a clean, dry place for shelter? Or that lameness and mastitis were rampant? How about the fact that there were cows who were so debilitated and thin that they looked like skeletons with skin draped over them?

Frankly, the inspector didn’t do very well on inspecting for sanitation either. Take a look at the video—animals are virtually swimming in a soup of urine and fecal matter. All Forbis’s comment does is raise some serious doubts about the quality of the sanitation inspections that led to the approval of this facility.

Various agencies are now looking into PETA’s allegations of abuse, as well as sanitation and food safety violations, against the dairy facility’s owners. Abuse of animals in the dairy industry is nothing new, so please consider dropping cholesterol and cruelty-filled dairy products from your diet.

Written by Heather Drennan

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  • Elayna says:

    y are we not stoping thiss!! Land O lakes needs to stop this shit now!!! cows can FEEl PAIN just like we CAN. THEY have FAMILIES just like WE do…. what is the differnce?? nthing. so STOP THIS HORRIBLE CRUELTY to ANIMALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • SANDRA LODATO says:

    I HAVE ALWAYS PURCHASED LAND O LAKES BUTTER..AT THIS VERY MOMENT WHILE IT WAS O SALE DURING THANKSGIVING I BOUGHT NUMEROUS PACKAGES HOWEVER AFTER SEEING THIS VIDIEO I AM ABSOLUTELY APPALLED.I WILL NEVER BUY THIS BUTTER AGAIN OR ANY OF THEIR OTHER PRODUCTS OR ANY OF MY GARDEN MEMBERS OR WOMAN’S MEMBERS IF I HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH IT I PROMISE…

  • alyssa says:

    this is horrible

  • liz says:

    I reported a farm for this exact problem it has a land o lakes sign out front and the farm itself is gorgeous from the outside the OUTSIDE! It is appalling what is on the inside! But it looks as though peta didn’t turn thier heads when I reported them thanks peta I couldn’t sleep at nites cause of what I knew now it’s in the open!

  • Chris says:

    I went to their website and emailed them. SOOO much faster. I got a standard response back… ” We don’t own our farms”.. ” We have the strictest sanitation Standard”.. ” We are very concerned with animal mistreatment”.. blah blah blah. In other words they are just waiting for this to blow over and they’re trying to minimize the effect on their bottom line. So I’m going to do the same and help my bottom line by not spending my money on their products.

  • Artur says:

    this is the most stupid thing I’ve heard in my life? how can they use this excuse to treat cows like that? aren’t you shame of yourselves? the best way to combat this is don’t buy any Land o Lakes products!

  • Steve N Lunsford says:

    I’ll start looking at the labels and Land O’ Lakes can dry up. NO MORE OF THEIR PRODUCTS!

  • Jillianne says:

    I really have to praise PETA for finding caring people with such strong stomachs and control of their tempers to be able to spend all that time documenting all that horror. I know I could not do that Id be to sick and angry to stand in front of all that suffering. Applause to those who have brought such horrors to everyones attention hopefully they will understand that ignorance is not bliss. I have asked all my family and friends who are not even Veg or Vegan to please stop purchasing products from this company.

  • Myrna says:

    I can’t believe such thing is ocurring??? Are you kidding me? I will not buy Land O Turture products again!!! I will call both numbers and give them more than just a piece of my mind!!! What a disgrace! And as for that inspector??? Does he still have a job??? I would love to know his or her name and have it exposed all over to let others know that this idiot does not know the definition of sanitation abuse negligence should I even go on???

  • Gayle Hyde says:

    Typical of greedy companies not caring for the welfare of the animals they make sooo much money from. Disgusting.

  • neil sanghavi says:

    land o lakes brung tears to my eyes because of their barbaric treatment of cows now they will never get one dollar from me again until they change their ways.

  • Lisa says:

    This is pathetic to allow such cruel treatment and landolakes has been around along time! Please lets free these precious animals from these MONSTERS!!!!!

  • Mikey says:

    This plainly and simply disgust me how people can be this cruel I will never know

  • Suzanne B says:

    I can’t wait the video But just reading the story is enough. How can anyone do this or sleep at night knowing what is happening to these poor cows. I hope the cows come back and haunt them! Thank You Peta for all That you do! and making us aware so we can boycott all garbage companies like this one!

  • Donna Rammer says:

    LAND O LAKES YOU ARE NOW ON MY CRAP LIST! YOU DONT INSPECT YOUR COWS! I LIVED RIGHT NEXT TO A DAIRY IN CA AND THEIR COWS WERE CLEAN AND HAD LOTS O LAND TO WALK ON! BAN LAND O LAKES!

  • andrea says:

    thanks for the phone number…perhaps a flood of calls is in order..

  • Rose Rodgers says:

    I will not any Land O’Lakes product and have forwarded the viedo to my friends. I was sicken by what I saw these poor animals going through. I am doing the best I can to spread the word just like I did about IAMS. Animal abuse must be stopped.

  • Celeste says:

    I am shocked and appauled! You should be ashamed of yourselves! These poor animals

  • randall says:

    how do we get more stuff like this in the news?! We need help spreading the word of what happens on farms!!! Then we can get it stopped!!!!

  • lkris says:

    these cruel bastardsi will never use landolakes products ever again and i will make sure all my family and friends know about the torture those poor animals go throughSHAME ON YOU LANDOLAKESYOU WILL SURELY LOSE MONEY FOR YOUR CRUELTY

  • Keli says:

    Totally inhumane and abusive! The corporate office phone number for Land O’Lakes is 18003289680. You can also write to the CEO Chris Policinski P.O. Box 64101 St. Paul MN 55164

  • Alex says:

    I think the answer is to not buy dairy of any sort from anywhere. As long as these companies exist to make money off the animals cruelty and miserable lives for these innocent animals will exist. It is the consumers that are creating the demand.

  • Thomas says:

    How stupid can they be? No inspections? They should insist on cameras because so many of these facilities break the law. These farmers made fools out of Land O Lakes.

  • Kathleen Wissenz says:

    Sadly this behavior is the norm for the dairy meat industies. Until people GO VEGAN and stop supporting animal torture and death this will continue to go on. People need to not only boycott Land O’Lakes but ALL dairy. There are vegan alternatives for dairy!

  • Tasha says:

    corporate office phone number 8003284155. They got a little call from me today.

  • Linda says:

    I called them if anyone wants the it’s 7174867000 and agave them a piece of my mind and I will never every buy Land O Lakes.. more like Land of Torture..

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    Land O’ Lakes better start inspecting animal treatment and conditions or Land O’ Lakes may find itself going bankrupt or in the same position Jack In The Box was in a few years ago. Perhaps they need to be reminded of the devastation that contaminated product can cause.

  • Maureen says:

    I will not buy any products from Land o Lakes or their parent comapnies. I also sent this video to my friends and until we hear news that these places have cleaned up their acts I’ll buy butter that acts as butter.How hard is it to see what atrocious living conditions these creatures endure I am positive the money makers do not live like this. Some Judges that sentence landlords to live in their slum properties for a term to see how it is to live like that should sentence these heartless people to the same treatment. Let them live a week in those conditions no bathsfeces on the ground dirty water. You get what I mean Might make em change their attitudes maybe not

  • carla says:

    Landolakes I threw out all of my crap butter and will never ever buy your products again!!!!! The treatment of all animals had better change and soon… Humans do not own this damn world.

  • Edward says:

    Why would LandO’Lakes care about the cows’ treatment? They just need the cheapest milk and that’s exactly what this factory provides. Ethical treatment to them is a privilage not a priority in any way shape or form.

  • Florence says:

    Stop this cruelty NOW! Land O’Lakes is going to get a call from me.

  • Barb Swisher says:

    Perhaps it is a testament to this world’s darkness when in general we’ve forgotten the merriment of the animals and mankind frolicking in the light. It definately is a sad world when we can’t hear the labored sighs of our animal friends. I will work harder to become vegan.

  • Brien Comerford says:

    Land O’Lakes is hell on earth for docile bovines. Callous and cruel profiteers that should be vehemently prosecuted for their virulent misdeeds and atrocities against sentient beings.

  • maricela estrada says:

    Damn bastards its horrible what those defenseless cows are going throughand this and other dairy companies continue to profit through the suffering of these poor cows..I hope people see this video and do something about it.