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Winchester Dairy
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Is your milk and cheese the product of blatant animal cruelty?
Every time Mercy For Animals’ undercover investigators go behind the closed doors of dairy factory farms they document widespread acts of animal abuse that shock and horrify most people. Multiple investigations at dairy factory farms across the country have exposed sickening cruelty to animals, including workers viciously beating, stabbing, and dragging sick and injured cows. These investigations have uncovered:
Workers viciously kicking and punching cows in their faces and bodies, beating them with rakes, and stabbing animals with sharp objects
A “downed” cow being kicked and beaten, having water forcefully sprayed in her face and nostrils, and being dragged by a rope around her neck
Workers using pruning shears to cut through the sensitive skin, nerves, and tailbones of cows without any painkillers
Sick or injured cows suffering from open wounds, infections, and serious injuries left to suffer without proper veterinary care
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Cruelty Critics
“The handling of dairy cows in this video is not acceptable. … Employees must be trained to never kick or hit a cow's udder or face. High pressure water shot in the eye is abusive.”
Dr. Temple Grandin
“[Watching workers] repeatedly punching, kicking, and twisting the tails of these gentle animals, who have no idea of why they are being hurt, is almost too much to bear.”
Dr. Bernard Rollin
“The number of instances of cruel treatment of cows on this dairy farm are so numerous that it’s clearly not an occasional occurrence, but rather a systemic pattern of sadistic mistreatment of the cows which the management is unfortunately condoning, encouraging, and participating in.”
Dr. Armaiti May
“Tail docking has been show to negatively impact the welfare of the cows, causing chronic pain and interference with normal behavior. The procedure has not been shown to provide any benefit either to the cow or to the quality of the milk.”
Dr. Lee Schrader
“There are major welfare issues associated with tail docking in dairy cattle. There is no scientific data in the literature to support tail docking, and it does not positively influence cleanliness of udders or legs or quality of milk. The procedure has been shown to cause short term discomfort and potentially chronic pain.”
Dr. Debra Teachout
“Animals are definitely handled very roughly in most scenes. … The continuous kicking, hitting with hands and poles and slapping of the cows does frighten and hurt the animals. It does indicate the workers are not trained or managed well.”
Dr. James Reynolds
“Tail docking is an unnecessary fad that involves severing the skin, nerves, and spinal column of cows without painkillers. Studies show the practices provides no benefit to the cows or milk quality and has no place in modern dairy production.”
Dr. Holly Cheever
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Dairy’s Dirty Secret

Like dogs, cats, zebras, and all other mammals, including humans, cows only produce milk when they are pregnant or nursing — and for the same reason: to nourish their young. The dairy industry steals this milk from calves for humans.

Dairy’s Dirty Secret

To maximize profits, the dairy industry keeps cows in a constant cycle of pregnancy, birth, and lactation. Typically, baby calves are dragged away from their mothers within a day of birth so that all of their milk can be sold for profit.

Dairy’s Dirty Secret

Female calves are either sold for meat or used as replacements for the “spent” cows in the dairy herd. Male calves, since they don’t produce milk, are often chained by the neck in tiny wooden boxes until they are killed for veal.
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