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