(FARM ANIMALS) A Compassion Over Killing (COK) investigation has Colorado dairy farm Quanah Cattle Co. (QCC) in hot water. Undercover footage shows the dairy farm engaging in blatant animal abuse and negligence towards newborn calves. Investigators witnessed farm workers dragging calves by their legs, and violently throwing them onto trucks.

Thanks to the video evidence provided by COK, Colorado police have begun an investigation. Continue reading below to find how COK plans to stop this horrible treatment of animals. — Global Animal

Ag-gag laws make it illegal to expose the activities of factory farms. Photo credit: foodnavigator.com
Colorado police are investigating a local dairy farm thanks to incriminating evidence filmed by Compassion Over Killing. Photo credit: foodnavigator.com

Compassion Over Killing

In 2013, a COK undercover investigator worked inside Quanah Cattle Co. (QCC), an animal agribusiness company in Kersey, Colorado that purchases newborn calves from surrounding dairy factories and temporarily confines them before shipping them out to be raised for their meat.

Just days old, many of these calves – some of whom still have their umbilical cords hanging from their bodies – are too feeble or frightened to walk steadily.  As our footage shows, in the process of being moved on and off trucks, these fragile animals are violently dragged by their legs, pulled by their ears, lifted by their tails, kicked, thrown, slammed, and flipped.

Animal handling expert Dr. Temple Grandin of Colorado State University decried the cruelty seen in our video, calling it “severe abuse” and “not acceptable” while further noting that “If this facility had been a slaughter plant, the USDA would have shut them down.”

The cruelty to calves uncovered in this investigation is so shocking and violent that COK turned our evidence over to local authorities and we are now working with them on this case. We are calling upon law enforcement agents to file criminal charges of cruelty to animals, sending a message that such egregious animal abuse is unacceptable and will not be tolerated in Colorado. We’re heartened to report that the Weld County Sheriff’s Office is taking this matter seriously and has already initiated its own independent investigation.

The Dairy Industry: Most of the dairy calves purchased by QCC are male – they’re considered unwanted industry byproducts since they’re unable to produce milk. After being trucked in and unloaded at QCC, they’ll be confined in crates or hutches for around a week and then loaded back on trucks to be shipped out, sold, and raised for their meat. Marketed as veal or beef, depending on their age when slaughtered, these young animals are the often forgotten victims of the dairy industry.

Take Action: Sadly, animal cruelty is standard practice in the meat, egg, and dairy industries. Whistleblowing exposés like this are often the only glimpse the public ever sees of the systemic mistreatment of farmed animals.

Rather than taking steps to prevent these abuses, animal agribusiness is trying to prevent consumers from finding out about them by lobbying for “ag-gag” laws that would  criminalize undercover investigations—and the mere exposure of the truth.

The most effective way each of us can help end this abuse is to simply leave meat, dairy, and all animals off of our plates. Start today by visiting TryVeg.com.

For more COK and to watch the undercover footage (WARNING: disturbing content), visit: http://www.cok.net/inv/quanah/

Also, check out our 15 Powerful Reasons To Go Veg!