Be warned: this video is not for the faint of heart, especially if you’re an animal lover. The footage comes from Conklin Dairy Farms in Ohio, where hidden cameras caught workers cruelly and mercilessly abusing cows and calves. As sickening and heart-wrenching as it is to see these poor, defenseless animals being mistreated, I think it’s important that people see this video. What happened at Conklin isn’t an isolated incident; it’s happening at farms all over the country. Animals (and farm workers) are constantly exploited and harmed; we just don’t see it happening, because we’re so far removed from food production. The more people are exposed to the truth, the more they’ll fight for change.
Fortunately, this isn’t the case at every farm in the United States. There are sustainable, humane ways to raise animals within the dairy and meat industries. It might take more effort to seek them out, but considering the alternative shown in this video, I’d say it’s worth it.
To find companies that produce humanely raised meat and dairy, or to learn more about farms in your community that are making sustainable and/or organic goods, check out these links: