Yesterday, Compassion Over Killing (COK), a national animal protection organization, released a heart-wrenching undercover video that revealed the violent abuse mother cows are being subjected to at Mason Dixon Farms; one of the largest dairy farms on the East Coast and the first in the US to implement “robo-milking” of cows by machines.
According to Compassion Over Killing, Mason Dixon Farms, which touts itself as a leading example in the dairy industry, is a supplier to Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), the nation’s largest milk marketing cooperative.
“Our heartbreaking video exposes horrific animal cruelty at Mason Dixon, a supplier to some of the biggest names in dairy,” said Cheryl Leahy, General Counsel of Compassion Over Killing. “This is the devastating reality of where milk comes from, and as a mother, I am especially saddened to see gentle mother cows being systematically exploited and abused by this industry.”
The reprehensible video, which was shot by a COK investigator working inside the dairy facility in Gettysburg, PA., graphically exposes shocking animal cruelty and concerning safety hazards for farm workers.
According to the release, the video reveals:
egregious cruelty to animals, including cows being kicked in the face, punched in their sensitive udders, excessively shocked with an electric prod, jabbed with pens or elbows, and having their tails twisted or bent by workers
cows living in hazardous conditions, routinely getting stuck on water troughs or inside stalls
safety risks, including workers handling hazardous formaldehyde with limited protective gear
It also reported that Mason Dixon fired one of its employees in response to the unacceptable acts of animal cruelty that were documented in the footage.
COK has submitted its evidence of animal cruelty to local authorities and is calling for prompt enforcement action.
Compassion Over Killing (COK) is a non-profit animal protection organization working to end the abuse of farmed animals through undercover investigations, litigation, corporate outreach, public education, and other advocacy programs.