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Mutilated, Neglected, and Abused for Milk

Written by PETA | January 26, 2010

Today, Mercy for Animals (MFA) released a new undercover investigation into New York’s largest dairy factory farm, Willet Dairy. The footage that the group’s investigator captured is strikingly similar to what we uncovered less than six months ago at a Land O’Lakes dairy farm and provides even more evidence that animals who are exploited for their milk suffer through sickening amounts of cruelty and neglect.



After watching this video, animal welfare experts and veterinarians have denounced the treatment of cows revealed in MFA’s investigation, which include the following:

  • Cows were living in extremely crowded sheds on manure-coated concrete floors and suffered from bloody open wounds, swollen joints, prolapsed uteruses, and pus-filled infections.
  • “Downed” cows languished for weeks before dying or being killed.
  • Workers beat, kicked, and electric-shocked cows and calves.
  • A worker restrained calves by shoving his fingers into the babies’ eyes as their horns were burned off. These same calves also suffered through painful tail-docking. Both mutilations are done without any anesthetic.
  • Workers dragged newborn calves by their legs away from their distressed mothers.

The truth about milk can be hard to swallow, but people owe it to themselves—and animals—to see what really goes on in the dairy industry. Tonight, ABC World News and Nightline will air footage from the MFA investigation as well as our Land O’Lakes investigation. Help us expose the dairy industry’s “fairy tale” for what it really is—an unhappily-ever-after existence for cows and calves, from the moment they’re born until they are slaughtered—by telling as many people as you can via e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter to tune in to what is sure to be a heart-wrenching exposé.

Written by Karin Bennett

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  • Melinda says:

    I couldn’t watch anymore after the tail docking. How can anyone who claims to love animals consume animal products? People are such liars. They may love Fido and then claim to love animals but is dairy very loving towards animals? Is meat? Meat is murder and dairy is its close relative. I’ve persuaded 2 friends of mine to go vegan in my time as a vegan 11 years. This video will help me to persuade more people about the horrors and shocking disgrace of the dairy industry.

  • Gene Sengstake says:

    I seriously doubt if there are many happy cowscattle no matter whether they are part of the milk or meat industry. They are living machines and they and their offspring are treated as such. I’m sure their owners “love” them as long as they are able to produce a financially viable product. After that their fate is a given I’m sure even in the best of “operations”. And let’s be honest here we consumers bear some of this responsibility too probably more than we would care to admit.

  • Saucy says:

    PS Jeremy It is impossible to remove all blood from any bird or beast and therefore forbidden.

  • Saucy says:

    Jeremy You are deceived by the “religious liars whose consciences are seared” cauterized their hearts are hard and cold Timothy. That particular mistranslation of the words of Moses supposedly speaking of Noah 1300 years after his death is so offensive. Genesis 129 tells us what “God” gave us to eat and it is VEGAN. The Bible also tells us what the “devil” gave us to eat. It is called the Table of Satan. Corinthians You cannot have it both ways. The Bible says in in Leviticus “UNDER NO CERCUMSTANCES ARE YOU TO CONSUME THE BLOOD OF BIRD OR BEAST” Also supposedly written by Moses. This will require some effort and discernment on your part. The foreword of the King James Version says this book is MARRED WITH MISTAKES AND HAS GRAVE ERRORS. Choose the LOVE OF GOD over the lies of Satan.

  • Dawn says:

    Extreme example of the dairy industry. Places like this need to be shut down but don’t bash the entire dairy industry. Most operations are run by animal lovers.

  • jeremy says:

    to Bethany all the vegetarian christians who are wondering where in the bible it says we can eat meet Genesus 9 14 “Then God blessed Noah and his sons and told them “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth. All the animals of the earth all the birds of the sky all the small animals that scurry along the ground and all the fish in the sea will look on you with fear and terror. I have placed them in your power. I HAVE GIVEN THEM TO YOU FOR FOOD JUST AS I HAVE GIVEN YOU GRAIN AND VEGETABLES. But you must never eat any meat that still has the lifeblood in it.”

  • tina says:

    dairy milk is for calves..period…not for humans..the human immune sys recognizes milk from another species as an attacker.or it attacks..thats why so many people have asthma and allergies…knowledge is power…learn what meat and dairy is doing to your bodies….it will open up a whole new healthly life style..and that video needs to be shown to every kid in america..i am going to email the district attny to urge him to prosecute them

  • Nancy says:

    This video absolutely sickened me! I get peace at knowing these men are going to hell!

  • Alyssa says:

    Chris The thing that kills the most people every year is actually a parasite which induces malaria. The actual cause of death is usually a type of organ failure. “Mosquitoes” kill no one. Also you cannot justify the actions of our race by what may or may not be done by another race were it to outevolve ours… I mean REALLY? Please think before you speak.

  • Michael H says:

    I’m curious…is there any way to find out about the treatment of cows at the dairys that supply my local supermarket? The ABC news story absolutely disgusted me. I would be willing to pay extra bucks for milk if I knew it came from a dairy that treated the cows in a humane manner.

  • Jay says:

    Why are cows not allowed to live in green pastures how the commercials show it?

  • mandy-lou dumesny-blahut says:

    I couldnt even watch the video. I am so so disgusted and sickened at the monsterous behaviours of this race of evil things called humans. If there is a god may he strike dead painfully pleaseall those who inflict sufferingpain and torture upon those of us who live on this planet but are unable to defend themselves or speak out

  • emma says:

    Richard ‘Emma real adults use proper grammar’… what??

  • Klara says:

    No excuse for these pictures! Isn’t this cruelty probably the usual treatment everywhere? Seems so watching how trained every action looked like. Commercials tell us cows are happy why don’t they make them happy and treat them with respect?

  • Allison says:

    For all of you who think us dairy farmers are cruel unethical people I will have you know that the cattle raised on my family’s operation are family to us. They are treated with the BEST care we are able to provide for them. I wish I had the life my cows did. We become attached to them the same way you may become attached to a dog or catexcept these animals are our livelihood. We would never do anything to put them in harms way. There are NUMEROUS occasions when my dad has missed important events because he had to care for ill or calving cows. I can’t count the number of times tears have come to my eyes because a family pet has died. I wish everybody would get their facts straight before coming to conclusions. If our cows are not happy they don’t make the farmer any money. We strive to keep them as comfortable as possible. Most of you should wish you had half the life they do. Our family has never taken a family vacation because we cannot leave our cows behind and trust someone else to care for them the way we do. So please before grouping all dairy farmers together and saying we are all horrible people get both sides of the story. Every dairy farmer that I have come in contact over the years treats their cows in very similar manners to what I have told you. Keep consuming dairy products because we are an ethical industry. Thanks.

  • Joanne says:

    I am furious I just saw the video again on the news. What is going to be done. I want to do something to stop this torture. These poor animals the pain they felt it’s so unfair. I wrote Land O Lakes last night and am waiting a response. I am so angry at these farmers. What is going to be done? Now the word is out there and they have been exposed that farm needs to be shut down today and the animals need to go to better farms not the slaughter house. It was the animals choice to be born at a farm they have no choice but to give there lives for us as least we can do it treat them kindly and with respect.

  • Elaine says:

    Please tell us what we can do about this dairy? who can we write to? Please give us something to help these poor animals..I keep looking at your site and there is nothing? please let us know we want to help those cows

  • Katie says:

    Having a small percentage of people go vegan won’t have a significant impact unfortunately. And it is unfortunate that there are people who just don’t care about animal welfare and will continue eating meat. What will make a great impact? Laws. Change the system abolish factory farming. Split up the factory farms and make smaller farms. This way there will be more jobs which this economy could definitely use the animals would be treated far better i.e. allowed to go outside and run around and do what is natural for them and worker morale would improve. There also needs to be more severe punishment for abusers working on farms. I applaud PETA for all that they do for factoryfarmed animals which most people tend to forget.

  • Drew says:

    Overpopulation. You all want the meat and dairy industries to end? Well tell your friends and their friends to stop procreating because the mass grotesque industrialization of food all comes down to one simple issue TOO MANY PEOPLE TO FEED in an inhumane and unnatural way.

  • kevin says:

    That what your government’s cheap food policy gets you. That’s the spiritWillet Dairy probably only lost 5 million dollars this yearput them out of business take 100 million of milk off the marketput 150 people on unemployment or back to Mexico and spread those 10000 head of cattle over the rest of the Northeast. It is truly sad that the mgt. Willet Dairy lets this happenbut what do you expect for minmum wage. Have a great day!

  • Richard says:

    Emma real adults use proper grammar… I’m against torturing animals that are going to be eaten. But too bad for these animals if we do eat them! I personally do hunt mostly animals for furs and would never make an animal suffer like this!

  • con just says:

    Please shut down this dairy. I love all animals. It was very hard to watch the show. Those people are evil monsters. Someone should cut off their fingers off without pain killers and see how that feels.

  • Lisa Wilson says:

    Well the ABC World News with Dianne Sawyer has come and gone with NO MENTION OR FOOTAGE of this investigation. How surprising. The media are nothing but whores working for big corporations pharmaceutical companies and and big AG animal agriculture giants. I hope they all die slow torturous deaths.

  • Anne says:

    LISA WILSON SORRY I’M NOT SHOUTING JUST THANKING YOU WITH EMPHASIS. I’M HANDWRITING not emailing…just my preference THE DA bumping address. Thanks Cayuga County District Attorney 95 Genesee Street Auburn NY 13021 Phone 315 2531391 Fax 315 2531521 email

  • Anne says:

    I’m so glad I found this to express my outrage. I just saw this on ABC last night like others My husband who was born bred raised in S. Indiana i.e. farm country told me not to look as he couldn’t stand it. CORPORATE farming is an evil in this country. There is not one iota of difference between between the greed of AIG etc. et al Wall Street and the rest of the brds we’re bailing out. I have no problem in believing in the concept of Karma as a Christian. It’s the bottom line….at all costs. Corporate America has no moral compass. God forgive me for saying this… but let misery and destruction reign down upon them and theirs for perpetuating this cruelty. And yes…. I am a law abiding citizen UNFORTUNATELY. As far as LandoLakes… it wasthe ONLY thing I have ever bought even in now hard times for ever. NO more. I never knew that about them. I used to always think the “California Happy Cows” commercials were kind of odd… I wonder if there was a message there that was kind of of a trade secret. Don’t know. but am going to do some research. Sorry I’m so upset about this I’m stumbling over my words.