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The birthing barn at Fair Oaks Farm.

Video shows animal abuse at Fair Oaks Farms

Updated with video statement from Fair Oaks founder Mike McCloskey and more reaction to video from Animal Recovery Mission.

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.

ORIGINAL STORY

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.

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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