Chilliwack Cattle Sales to fire 8 workers caught on tape abusing cows


B00Mer
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Chilliwack Cattle Sales to fire 8 workers caught on tape abusing cows



Chilliwack Cattle Sales, Canada's largest dairy farm, will fire eight employees after disturbing undercover video surfaced showing the workers physically abusing cows, the company said late Monday night.

“As a company we were not given a chance to view the footage until it aired on television tonight,” said Jeff Kooyman, who co-owns the farm with his siblings, in a statement.

WARNING, GRAPHIC CONTENT: Watch the undercover video
“Now that it has aired we are taking immediate action to terminate all employees involved as well as take several steps to ensure that this type of abuse never happens again.”

The undercover video from the non-profit group Mercy for Animals Canada — shot by a former employee of the farm — shows dairy cows being whipped and beaten with chains and canes, as well as punched and kicked.

Treatment of farm livestock: Deciding what's ethical
The recording, which was brought to the B.C. SPCA last week, also shows dairy cows suffering from open wounds and injuries, and being lifted by their necks with chains and tractors.

The B.C. SPCA is recommending charges of animal cruelty against the eight employees.

The statement released Monday also said that the company will be working with authorities to "implement longer periods of training for new employees," as well as provide animal welfare training for all of its current workers. Closed circuit security cameras will also be installed at the facility.

'Terrible and shocking'

Marcie Moriarty, the B.C. SPCA’s chief prevention and enforcement officer, described the abuse captured on tape as absolutely horrific.

"It's terrible to actually say but it looks very intentional on their part, whether it was inflicting pain and suffering simply for the sake of it ... very terrible and shocking," said Moriarty.

The B.C. SPCA launched an investigation into the abuse allegations last week and Moriarty says the Crown is now considering whether to go ahead with charges.

The eight workers identified in the video could face charges of wilfully causing unnecessary pain, suffering and injury to animals.

Moriarty said the organization is still investigating the treatment of animals by the Chilliwack Cattle Sales farm, which had so far been very cooperative.

'Obviously we failed'

Kooyman said earlier on Monday that his family is devastated, and that he had no idea anything like this was happening during the night shift, calling the video "horrific."

"The guys were going crazy. I couldn't imagine how people could do that to animals," said Kooyman.

As the biggest dairy farm in Canada, Chilliwack Cattle Sales supplies brands such as Saputo and Dairyland.

Kooyman insisted the farm has zero tolerance for animal abuse and it will be installing cameras in the barns and retraining staff.

"Obviously we failed. Our employees have failed and we are going to be putting in a new training program to ensure that this never happens again."

"This is a family farm and this is not what we're all about ... Maybe I failed to instill the passion and love that we have into our employees."

Kooyman said some of the employees involved in the investigation had been with the farm a couple of years, while others were fairly new.

All eight of the employees were previously suspended when the farm was alerted to the allegations by the B.C. SPCA last week.

Lack of standards

Dave Taylor, chairman of the B.C. Dairy Association, said the SPCA had done an "excellent job" investigating the allegations, and the association was "deeply concerned and saddened" by the alleged abuse.

Moriarty said the video raises the issue that B.C. does not have standards for animals raised for food.

"I think the only outcome that we hope can come from seeing this is not only getting the people responsible ... but also to really examine standards of care applied for farm animals raised for food in this province."

In April, Mercy for Animals Canada released an undercover video showing baby calves being kicked and punched, and detained in confining crates with little room to move at a Délimax Veal-affiliated farm in Quebec.

source: Chilliwack Cattle Sales to fire 8 workers caught on tape abusing cows - British Columbia - CBC News

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Is there any justice, can we hang those employees with a chain around their necks..??
 
taxslave
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Caning might be a suitable punishment. Middle of five corners at noon.
 
#juan
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It's not as if this is a new thing. It's be going on for years. My point is, that these guys are not new employees and this behavior is present to a large extent throughout the business.
 
lone wolf
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I've seen cattle caned and poked and prodded in loading operations, slaughterhouses and fall fairs - but never to that extent of cruelty. Those guys deserve a severe thrashing. Unfortunately, they'll just get fines and sanctions - if they don't find a way to cry and crawl out of it.
 
Twila
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Quote: Originally Posted by lone wolfView Post

I've seen cattle caned and poked and prodded in loading operations, slaughterhouses and fall fairs - but never to that extent of cruelty. Those guys deserve a severe thrashing. Unfortunately, they'll just get fines and sanctions - if they don't find a way to cry and crawl out of it.

When I first heard this story I thought that maybe someone with a very sensitive heart and no cattle experience might have witnessed a normal operation. I use to work on a farm and I've been around horses. You keep your elbows ready and you jab hard when you have to.

But then I heard the farm owner talk about what he saw on the video. I can't watch it. There is no excuse for being mean to animals. The type of person who is mean to an animal worries me. These people were just mean and vicious. Horrible people.
 
spaminator
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i'm glad that the cows weren't also sexually abused. when animals are abused do you think that it affects the meat and milk? eg. on a cellular level etc.?
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by TwilaView Post

When I first heard this story I thought that maybe someone with a very sensitive heart and no cattle experience might have witnessed a normal operation. I use to work on a farm and I've been around horses. You keep your elbows ready and you jab hard when you have to.

I grew up around horses, riding.. been on plenty of farms.. This is cruel and unusual treatment..

Quote: Originally Posted by spaminatorView Post

i'm glad that the cows weren't also sexually abused. when animals are abused do you think that it affects the meat and milk? eg. on a cellular level etc.?

I don't know, maybe they bypassed the cow and went straight to the milk?? Would you know the difference??

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Twila
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Quote: Originally Posted by B00MerView Post

I grew up around horses, riding.. been on plenty of farms.. This is cruel and unusual treatment..


Which? My elbows or the men on the video?
 
JLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslaveView Post

Caning might be a suitable punishment. Middle of five corners at noon.


Right on, I was of similar mind but you beat me to it. Hope their names are published!
 
lone wolf
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Quote: Originally Posted by spaminatorView Post

i'm glad that the cows weren't also sexually abused. when animals are abused do you think that it affects the meat and milk? eg. on a cellular level etc.?

When you're applying trauma to an engorged udder? Yes, there'll be blood or discharge in the milk. Meat (muscle) will be bruised in the hit's hard enough. That one hanging from a chain and a front end loader may have some neck issues.

These buttwads deserve the same treatment - utilizing their own bags as a substitute for udders
 
Zipperfish
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I sure wish as a civilization we decided to be a little nicer to animals.
 

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