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Eight employees at Chilliwack dairy farm may face animal cruelty charges

*WARNING: The video at the bottom of this article contains very graphic images and is disturbing. Viewer discretion is strongly advised.*

CHILLIWACK (NEWS1130) – The BC SPCA is recommending charges against employees of Canada’s largest dairy farm.

The animal cruelty charges are being recommended against eight workers at a Chilliwack dairy farm.

“On June 2, the BC SPCA received an undercover video from the non-profit group Mercy for Animals Canada that showed the employees using chains, canes, rakes, their booted feet and their fists to viciously whip, punch, kick and beat the dairy cows, including downed and trapped cows who could not escape the abuse,” says Marcie Moriarty with the BC SPCA.

The very graphic and disturbing video can be found at the bottom of this article.

“We immediately launched an investigation into the case and have recommended Criminal Code charges against the eight employees identified in the video for willfully causing unnecessary pain, suffering and injury to animals,” she adds.

The company that runs the dairy farm is cooperating with the investigation.

“The images in the undercover video are extremely disturbing and highlight an urgent need for better standards to protect farm animals in BC from abuse and neglect,” says Moriarty.

Chilliwack Cattle Sales is the farm and one of its owners says it is shocked. They believe the video was crafted by a former employee.

Owner Jeff Kooyman says they just found out about the allegations on Friday and says his family is devastated. “Just to think that some of our animals may have been harmed in that way. This is a family farm, this is not what we’re about in any way.”

Kooyman says when the story first broke, they still hadn’t seen the full video.

He says the few seconds he did see was enough to suspend the eight employees. “When we see the video, we’ll obviously make changes. It’s pending investigation. We have to see something, hear something, or else we’re going on allegations.”

Kooyman says they will be installing cameras to help protect their animals in the future.

The BC Dairy Association says it’s disturbing.

“When something like this happens it does really hurt our credibility as a dairy industry and we don’t want that to happen. We feel that our story is a great story and one that we’re proud to share and that’s what we’re going to continue to do,” says Dave Taylor with the Association.

He says some of their people have been to that farm though and haven’t noticed anything of concern.

*WARNING: The video below contains very graphic images and is disturbing. Viewer discretion is strongly advised.*

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These 8 “low-lifes” need to be named and have their pictures posted. Horribly disgusting!!! You’re a disgrace. Let’s hope karma gives them a swift kick in the backside!

June 11, 2014 at 12:54 pm

This is truly disturbing and gut-wrenching. It hurts my very soul to see these beautiful, sweet animals treated with such brutality. I could cry all night long. To you eight fellows in the video: please, PLEASE think about what you have done. I have a question for you: WHY? Does it give you a sense of power to perform such heinous acts against innocent animals? Wow, how tough you are!! I cannot help but believe that you were abused in some way yourselves to be able to torture a living creature in such a manner. Still, this would not be an excuse for such behavior. If you feel the need to hurt something, GO FOR HELP. I am very, very angry. Your faces need to be made public. You need to feel the consequences for what you have done. Come on. Be brave, as brave as you were when you were beating and inflicting horrible pain on these animals. BE BRAVE. Don’t hide, you COWARDS. Yes, you are hiding because you KNOW that what you did was despicable and WRONG. I hope you all get jail time…………lots of it to think about these horrible crimes. If you are men, you will come out of hiding, confess what you have done wrong, and make atonement somehow. Please. For the good of us all.

June 10, 2014 at 9:58 pm