June 5, 2019
Fair Oaks founder Mike McCloskey has released a video statement to discuss what the farm is doing to address animal welfare at the facility.
BEEF Magazine's Amanda Radke says, "If it can happen at Fair Oaks, it can happen anywhere. Is your operation ready for it?"
Jewel-Osco and other retailers are pulling Fair Life products from store shelves, reports WGN-TV.
Below you'll find a selection of reactions from other farms on social media.
The IndyStar is reporting a graphic video released today by the Animal Recovery Mission shows workers abusing calves and using drugs at Fair Oaks Farm.
Click this link for the official statement from Fair Oaks Farms founder Mike McCloskey regarding the video. In the statement McCloskey says, "I am disgusted by and take full responsibility for the actions seen in the footage, as it goes against everything that we stand for in regards to responsible cow care and comfort. The employees featured in the video exercised a complete and total disregard for the documented training that all employees go through to ensure the comfort, safety and well-being of our animals."
Here is the tweet and video from ARM Investigations.
Indiana Dairy has released a statement on the video as well:
The social media reaction overwhelming calls the video disgusting and calls for boycott of Coca-Cola, Fairlife and in some cases all meat and dairy products. Here's a sampling.
@CocaCola I really you end your relationship with #FairOaksFarm because you are about to lose a ton of sales. Animal cruelty is never ok, not even for dairy cows. Unbelievable video footage into the farm.— Aaron Phillips (@aphil_12) June 5, 2019
#fairoaksfarm everyone wants to crucify a business, the livelihoods, and support that innocent employees have for the actions of a few sick individuals...would you stop going to Walmart if a employee started kidnapping and abusing customers?— Joshua M (@Nightshade2252) June 5, 2019
We saw one protester outside @fairoaksfarms today. Another man said he came to protest but left since there weren’t any others. This woman arrived shortly after. Hear from both of them tonight at five and six on @WLFI pic.twitter.com/wr9kvuyykv— Kayla Sullivan (@KaylaReporting) June 5, 2019
@fairoaksfarms is the reason commercial farming needs to go away! Then us small farms could actually profit for the animals we truly take care of. Meanwhile they get all the gov subsidies and handouts and the family farms are disappearing— Midwest Meg (@mizbiz13) June 5, 2019
In an opinion published on Facebook, Dairy Carrie says, “when we hire someone . . . we are trusting that whoever we hire will do the right thing by our cows.”
The Farm Babe has thoughts about how this is all shaking out too.
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