BC SPCA recommends charges of animal cruelty

Chilliwack: Chilliwack Cattle Sales, Canada’s largest dairy farm, will fire eight employees after disturbing undercover video surfaced showing the workers physically abusing cows, the company said late Monday night, CBC news reported.

“As a company we were not given a chance to view the footage until it aired on television tonight,” said Jeff Kooyman, who co-owns the farm with his siblings, told CBC in a statement.

Now that it has aired we are taking immediate action to terminate all employees involved as well as take several steps to ensure that this type of abuse never happens again.”

The sting operation of the non-profit group Mercy for Animals Canada — shot by a former employee of the farm — shows dairy cows being whipped and beaten with chains and canes, as well as punched and kicked.

The recording, which was brought to the B.C. SPCA last week, also shows dairy cows suffering from open wounds and injuries, and being lifted by their necks with chains and tractors.

Anna Pippus, the director of legal advocacy with Mercy for Animals, alleges the company failed to provide adequate training or respond to the concerns raised by their undercover member before the release of the video.

“Our investigator was not provided with adequate training or supervision. In addition, he repeatedly brought his concerns to company owners who failed to take any corrective action. The company allowed animal cruelty to flourish on its watch,” said Pippus.

Marcie Moriarty, the B.C. SPCA’s chief prevention and enforcement officer, described the abuse captured on tape as absolutely horrific.

The eight workers identified in the video could face charges of wilfully causing unnecessary pain, suffering and injury to animals.

As the biggest dairy farm in Canada, Chilliwack Cattle Sales supplies brands such as Saputo and Dairyland.

                                 Courtesy: CBC News