Undercover video targets Wisconsin dairy – Feedstuffs

NESTLÉ Foods’ said it had severed all ties with a Wisconsin Dairy depicted in an undercover video of animal abuse released by animal rights group Mercy For Animals (MFA). The video, released Dec. 10, showed workers kicking, beating and dragging cows in a way that noted animal welfare expert Temple Grandin described as “very abusive, cruel behavior.”

MFA, known for its undercover video and fervent promotion of a vegan lifestyle, used the video to target Nestlé’s DiGiorno Pizza brand, calling on consumers to “ditch dairy, ditch DiGiorno.”

The video was filmed in October at Wiese Brothers Farms in Greenleaf, Wisc., near Green Bay. Nestlé purchases cheese for its pizzas from Foremost Farms, a regional cooperative with several cheese processing facilities throughout Wisconsin, including a plant in Appleton, where Weise Brothers delivered milk.

Foremost Farms said they will no longer accept milk from the dairy, which said that it has terminated two employees as part of its own investigation into what happened in the video. Industry sources tell Feedstuffs that the farm has been cooperating with local authorities, including the sheriff’s department and prosecuting attorney, in addition to bringing in outside animal welfare experts to audit and evaluate the farm’s policies, procedures, training and management.

Grandin, the Colorado State University professor, said that the problems depicted in the video indicate an obvious deficiency in those areas.

“My experience has been that when problems like these occur it can usually be traced back to a lack of supervision,” she said. “There are clear problems of employee training and employee supervision seen in this video. It takes strong management to make it be known that there are certain things you just don’t do and won’t be tolerated.”

Jim Reynolds, a professor of large animal medicine and welfare at Western University in Pomona, Calif., agreed, saying that there was “nothing defendable in the video,” and that the cows shown in the footage were under stress, in fear and probably in pain. He said that the types of behaviors shown by workers in the video should lead to criminal charges of animal cruelty.

“The employees seen in the video completely lacked basic understanding of animal welfare and animal behavior,” said Reynolds. “They showed no empathy for the cows.”

For its part, MFA used the video to encourage the organization’s supporters to bombard DiGiorno’s Facebook page with negative comments, and specifically to promote a vegan lifestyle.

“Although unconscionable cruelty and violence are standard practice for DiGiorno cheese suppliers, caring consumers can help end the needless suffering of cows and other farmed animals by choosing vegan alternatives to milk, cheese and ice cream,” MFA said via its website. “Cows have a natural lifespan of about 25 years and can produce milk for eight or nine years, but the stress caused by factory farm conditions leads to disease, lameness, and reproductive problems that render cows worthless to the dairy industry by the time they are four or five years old.”

According to published profiles of the farm, Wiese Brothers milked more than 4,300 cows in two facilities as of January 2012. Sources tell Feedstuffs that the operation manages as many as 8,600 animals following an expansion project completed last year.

 

Undercover video targets Wisconsin dairy – Feedstuffs.

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Swap meet gives animal lovers a chance to share | Daily Tribune Media | wisconsinrapidstribune.com

Animals are not baseball cards to be traded. The animals at this (or any) swap meet are treated as objects rather than the sentient beings that they are. Animals enjoy the security of a familiar place and they establish relationships with other animals just as humans do. They value their lives.

Please write a letter to the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune voicing your thoughts about such inhumane “swap meets.” http://www.wisconsinrapidstribune.com/ic/forms/editor.shtml?refresh=1

One woman selling goats admitted to having a camel and a water buffalo at home. These exotic animals do not belong in Wisconsin and should not be held captive for the entertainment of bored humans.

Animal manipulators, animal producers, animal hoarders, yes. But animal lovers. No way.

 

GRANT — For 47 years, Dale Carlson has been holding annual swap meets to find homes for the small animals he supplies to petting zoos.

Tri-City Riding Club Dale Carlson Small Animal Swap Meet, which started in the front yard of his home, is held the first Saturday after Labor Day. A second swap meet takes place in the spring. It has outgrown Carlson’s front yard, moving to the Tri-City Riding Club in the Portage County town of Grant and attracting about 1,000 people each time he holds the one-day event.

The animals at the swap meet Saturday included pigeons, guinea hens, peacocks and dwarf goats. A sign on Carlson’s van offered a llama for sale.

Fred Hoerter, of Plover, had an assortment of pigeons for sale on Saturday. The Jacobin pigeons displayed large plumes around their heads. Next to the Jacobins were the parlor tumbler pigeons.

“You put them on the ground, and they will roll and roll,” Hoerter said pointing at the parlor tumblers. “They can’t fly.” Read full article here:

Swap meet gives animal lovers a chance to share | Daily Tribune Media | wisconsinrapidstribune.com.

13 Wisconsin officials raid animal shelter to kill baby deer named Giggles – Washington Times

Two weeks ago, Ray Schulze was working in a barn at the Society of St. Francis no-kill animal shelter in Kenosha, Wis., when officials swarmed the shelter with a search warrant.

“[There were] nine [Department of Natural Resources] agents and four deputy sheriffs, and they were all armed to the teeth,” Mr. Schulze told WISN 12. “It was like a SWAT team.”

The agents were there to retrieve a baby deer named Giggles that was dropped off by a family worried she had been abandoned by her mother, the station reported. Wisconsin law forbids the possession of wildlife.

“I said the deer is scheduled to go to the wildlife reserve the next day,” Mr. Schulze told the station. “I was thinking in my mind they were going to take the deer and take it to a wildlife shelter, and here they come carrying the baby deer over their shoulder. She was in a body bag,” Schulze said. “I said, ‘Why did you do that?’ He said, ‘That’s our policy,’ and I said, ‘That’s one hell of a policy.’”

Department of Natural Resources Supervisor Jennifer Niemeyer told WISN 12 that the law requires DNR agents to euthanize wild animals because of their potential danger.

The station asked if the raid could have been done in a less costly manner by making a phone call first.

“If a sheriff’s department is going in to do a search warrant on a drug bust, they don’t call them and ask them to voluntarily surrender their marijuana or whatever drug that they have before they show up,” the supervisor responded.

Shelter president Cindy Schultz said she plans to sue the agency.

“They went way over the top for a little tiny baby deer,” Schultz said.

13 Wisconsin officials raid animal shelter to kill baby deer named Giggles – Washington Times.

Catch-a-Pig Contest : Portage Daily Register

Cruel, barbaric, inhumane, ridiculous. That is what we think of pig wrestling, Wisconsin’s choice of entertainment at several local fairs this summer. Just look at the face of the pig being treated with pure disrespect by the three contestants in the picture.  We at Alliance For Animals and the Environment have attended such an event to see first-hand how the pigs are treated. We found the cheers from those in attendance – adults and children – were almost as disturbing as the act of pig wrestling. Please do not attend these events.

This is pure animal abuse. Visit our website at nopigwrestling.org to learn more.

Please speak up against form of bullying by writing a letter to the Portage Daily Register. Or comment online from the link below.

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The “Hog-Catching Hustlers” of Lodi try to carry the pig to the barrel Thursday during the Catch-a-Pig contest at the Columbia County Fair in Portage. Twenty-four teams of three competed for prizes for fastest time — within a maximum 45 seconds — to place the pig on top of a barrel while each team member keeps at least a hand on the

pig. The fastest women’s and fastest men’s teams win $100. Teams also compete for a $50 prize for “best-dressed” costumes

Catch-a-Pig Contest : Portage Daily Register.

Abused Animals Looking for New Homes – www.nbc26.com

PLEASANT PRARIE — More than 60 animals in Southern Wisconsin are anxiously awaiting new “forever” homes after nearly starving to death in Kenosha County.

Two dozen horses, ducks, and other animals were found on a farm this spring in Pleasant Prarie. Dozens of others were found dead on the property. An animal care group has been nursing the rescued animals back to health. They held an open house today for anyone interested in adoption.

“We had a good strong set of volunteers that came out daily to work with them, to help them turn around, ” says Melissa Melby with Clawz and Pawz.

“When I saw those guys,” says Klaus Dierks from Stonehedge Farm, “there was no choice and we had the place for it.”

The animals are now being cared for at Stonehedge Farms in Pleasant Prairie until they find new homes. The animals’ former owners have pleaded “Not Guilty” to charges of animal mistreatment.

 

Abused Animals Looking for New Homes – www.nbc26.com.

GCG Lays Hammer on Pig Wrestling – Milwaukee Animal Advocacy | Examiner.com

The Global Conservation Group has joined Alliance for Animals and the Environment in a campaign against Wisconsin Pig Wrestling!

Pigs being punched in the face, kicked, body-slammed, jumped on, yelled at and thrown into a bucket – this is a typical pig wrestling contest in Wisconsin. Pig wrestling, or “wrasslin”, is an event where contestants get to chase pigs around a fenced-off mud pit to attempt to place the pig in a barrel. Using pigs in this form of entertainment is inhumane! We have to remember that just as humans; pigs also have the same ability to feel pain, emotions, and the desire to live.

Not only are these events cruel and inhumane, but also flat out illegal! According to Chapter 951 of the Wisconsin Crimes Against Animals Law, 951.08 clearly states “No person may intentionally instigate, promote, aid or abet as a principal agent or employee, or participate in the earnings from, or intentionally maintain or allow any place to be used for a cockfight, dog fight, bullfight, or other fight between the same or different kinds of animal or between an animal and a person.

The Global Conservation Group’s Legal Division will not only be contacting the district attorneys to prosecute those participating, but also everybody watching! Under Wisconsin Law, if you paid admission to an animal fighting event, you could be held criminally liable for attending. Spectators could be subject to prosecution for a misdemeanor offense for attending a pig wrestling event under section 951.18(2) of the Wisconsin Statutes.

The Global Conservation Group has launched a Wisconsin Protest Tour Schedule – we encourage you to join us! Protest materials will be supplied. Questions? Call: (262) 910-4160

TOUR DATES:

July 5, 2013:

Stoughton Fair
Stoughton, Wisconsin
7:30pm

July 20, 2013

Eldorado Hog Wrestle/Parade
Eldorado, Wisconsin
2:00pm

July 23, 2013

Outagamine County Fair
Seymour, Wisconsin
7:00pm

July 25, 2013
Columbia County Fair
Portage, Wisconsin
7:00pm

September 4, 2013
Richland County Fair
Richland Center, Wisconsin
6:30pm

GCG Lays Hammer on Pig Wrestling – Milwaukee Animal Advocacy | Examiner.com.

What are Animal Rights? Watch the Best Animal Rights Documentaries Free Online

32518This video library features the best animal rights documentaries, short films and videos that can be found on the internet, all cataloged in one place for easy reference. Have you found a good film that should be in this library? 

What are Animal Rights? Watch the Best Animal Rights Documentaries Free Online.