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Natural Prairie Dairy Responds To Animal Rights Group's Video

Generic photo of a group on cows in a green field.

(Brock Turner/WTIU News))

Natural Prairie Dairy is responding to an undercover video of its Texas farm released by animal cruelty activists on Tuesday. The dairy plans to open another farm in Newton County. The dairy says one employee has been suspended pending further investigation — and there could be more. 

Activists with Animal Recovery Mission say the video shows dairy cows at Natural Prairie Dairy’s Texas farm being abused, neglected, and made to live in unsanitary conditions. In a statement, dairy owners Donald and Cheri De Jong say the video was heavily edited by a group known to oppose dairy farms.

But the couple did say that some scenes require further investigation. In addition to the employee suspension, Natural Prairie Dairy says third-party auditors visited the farm this week to look at its operations. It says that law enforcement is also welcome at the dairy at any time.

READ MORE: Natural Prairie Dairy Investigated By Same Animal Rights Group As Fair Oaks Farms

Indiana Environmental reporting is supported by the Environmental Resilience Institute, an Indiana University Grand Challenge project developing Indiana-specific projections and informed responses to problems of environmental change.

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