Eyewitness Footage Reveals 'Best-Cared for Cows on the Planet' Struggling to Breathe, Sick Calves Taken From Their Mothers, and More
For Immediate Release:
October 9, 2015
David Perle 202-483-7382
Dallas – A tip from a whistleblower prompted a PETA eyewitness investigation into Daisy Farms in Paris, Texas, which supplies milk for Dallas-based Daisy Brand, maker of “America’s favorite sour cream” and cottage cheese. PETA’s video footage, available here, reveals that calves are pulled from their mothers’ birth canals and taken away from them just hours after birth. Widespread pneumonia left cows and calves coughing and struggling to breathe—all at a farm that brags that it has the “best-cared for cows on the planet” and claims, “They are our babies, and our pets” and “At Daisy Farms, we love our cows!”
“Deprivation, disease, pain, and filth are the everyday reality for these cows, who, like humans, carry their young for nine months and are wonderful, nurturing mothers when their calves aren’t stolen from them,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “We urge anyone who finds PETA’s video footage stomach-turning to switch to healthy, humane vegan milks, sour creams, and cheeses.”
The whistleblower contacted PETA after finding barn aisles covered with a slurry of cows’ waste, sick calves with scalded skin or coated with loose stool, and lame calves who were left to languish for days before being shot and killed.
PETA also documented that workers force-fed the calves milk so carelessly that some aspirated the fluid and drowned. Workers punched, jabbed, kicked, and twisted the tails of cows—even those who were in labor—and no veterinarian was ever seen or said to be caring for some cows whose tails had been severed. Used-up cows were sent off to slaughter.