severe injury and pain. None of the actions observed can be defended as reasonable animal handling or management. The actions by people in this video are appalling.
Mary Richardson, DVM
For over 20 years, Dr. Mary Richardson has been involved in animal welfare issues. She chaired the Animal Welfare Committee for the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association and produced policy statements on a wide range of topics. She also served as chair of the Animal Care Review Board for the Solicitor General of Ontario, presiding over court cases involving animal abuse. Additionally, Dr. Richardson was a board member of the Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare at the University of Guelph. Dr. Richardson writes:
The workers’ attitudes are very worrisome. Not only is there a complete disregard for the animals’ welfare, but there seems to be great hatred directed at the cows.
If this evidence had been presented to me when I was Chair of the Animal Care Review Board for the Solicitor General of Ontario I would certainly have charged these individuals under the OSPCA Act, with causing unnecessary pain and suffering.
Lee Schrader, DVM
Dr. Schrader is a practicing veterinarian, who obtained her doctor of veterinary medicine degree from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Schrader has over 35 years of experience working with animals, particularly animals with serious, difficult-to-diagnose disorders. She performs post-mortem examinations on animal victims of abuse and neglect and provides expert testimony in such cases. Dr. Schrader states:
Workers brutally handle the cows in this video. The cows are kicked, beaten with chains and rods, punched and prodded. This abuse is openly performed in the presence of other workers. The workers seem to enjoy inflicting pain.
One worker says of another “He likes
to kick cows.
Another states that they should leave a cow hanging by her neck on a chain
(used to get her to a standing position). One attaches a milking machine to a bull’s
testicles. In summary, this facility
obviously tolerates and promotes a culture of abuse, cruelty and disregard for the welfare of the cows. The lack of veterinary care for the wounds, lamenesses, and other injuries results in severe suffering to these animals. The
multiple “downer” cows and cows with retained placentas show a lack of good
management practices and attention to the needs of these animals. I feel that the treatment of the cows in this facility is inhumane and completely unacceptable.
Debra Teachout, DVM, MVSc
Dr. Debra Teachout is a practicing veterinarian, who graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. She also holds an advanced degree in veterinary clinical pathology from Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, SK, and has completed additional coursework in farmed animal welfare. Dr. Teachout states:
Down cows should never be moved by hanging. This practice not only causes significant pain and fear, it also can create serious injury and further suffering. Punching a cow in the face
is an overt act of animal cruelty. An animal’s face is a particularly sensitive area.
In addition, yelling in the face of this cow, regardless of the words used, is unnecessary and abusive as she was up and moving. It instills fear and dairy cows are typically compliant animals that do not respond well to yelling. Of particular concern to me are the comments by the workers to leave her hanging combined with the worker yelling at her