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New Video Shows Adult Cows Being Abused At Fair Oaks Farms

Animal Recovery Mission's AJ Garcia speaks at a press conference about Fair Oaks Farms, Wednesday, June 12 2019.

(Drew Daudelin/IPB News)

An animal rights group has released new undercover video showing workers at an Indiana dairy farm abusing adult cows while loading them into a milking carousel that visitors can tour at the popular agritourism destination.

This is the second video released by the group, known as ARM, in recent weeks. They show animal abuse and neglect at two different Fair Oaks Farms locations in Indiana, captured by undercover workers.

The new video shows employees punching adult cows, striking them with poles and apparently breaking the tails of some uncooperative cows. During a farm tour including in the footage, a guide tells visitors that cows like the carousel, saying it's "a joy ride for them."

ARM’s Director of Investigations A-J Garcia says the group is cooperating with police and the U-S-D-A, but has not given them all their footage. He says they spent months working in multiple locations to counter the argument that these are isolated incidents.

“There's hundreds, if not thousands of dairy farms all across the United States, right?" he asks. "So we need to show that the cruelty is again, happens everywhere, not just at this one location.”

Fair Oaks says it fired the workers seen in ARM’s first video before the footage was released, and the company says an internal investigation is underway.

 

This story includes information from the Associated Press.

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