Fair Oaks Farms Video Analysis with Welfare Expert

Fair Oaks Farms Video Analysis with Welfare Expert

warning we're taking a closer look at some of the footage released of animal abuse at Fair Oaks farms as news 18 previously reported a pro vegan group called animal recovery mission released several videos the group went undercover at the farm since then Fair Oaks founders have promised to make changes news 18's Isabella Caruso is live in Newton County this morning Isabella you sat down with an animal welfare expert to talk about this video I spoke with dr. Candice crony and we sat down and watched some of arms videos together dr. Candice crony is the director for the center of animal welfare science at Purdue University and while she was unable to comment specifically on arms video that shows abuse at Fair Oaks she was able to provide some information on the usual treatment of cows at dairy farms and it turns out that not everything that we've been seeing in these videos is abuse I do want to warn our viewers that some of the video you are about to see is extremely graphic a lot of people have seen this video a lot of people wished they did it I've deliberately stopped watching but what are we really watching these videos released by animal recovery mission a pro vegan activist group portray animal abuse at Fair Oaks farms Fair Oaks farms admitted to the abuse mike.mccluskey its founder said in part I am disgusted by and take full responsibility for the actions seen in the footage McCloskey also responded to the information in the videos they're showing a practice and misrepresenting it and explaining it wrong was the public fooled by our nation's of the footage was some of the interaction in these videos actually harmless dr. Candace crony an animal welfare expert sat down with News 18 to watch the video she confirms some of the footage made out to be abuse is standard practice at a dairy farm one of those scenes being this moments after giving birth and after birth still visible mothers are forced on a milking line how long do those cows need to recover after birth until they can be milked and right so it's a it's a good question the answer is going to be different for every cow in general you are going to want to milk cows very soon after giving birth what you want to do is get that milk because it's got colostrum in it that's going to provide that calf with all the antibodies that they need in first 12 hours you really do want to cow to make sure that you can actually get the colostrum to that calf a main attraction on Fair Oaks dairy adventure is the rotary milking system delivery system cause our herd animals on farms when people keep them together when they monitor carefully how they're moving from point A to point B when they have designed facilities that help those animals move through effectively they are more comfortable a lot of arms video showed calf in small hutches people may think those are those are harmful if they're well designed if they're kept clean and dry if they're situated to protect animals as much as possible from the elements they're not harmful to them while dr. chrony helped us to understand the footage that would not classify as abuse she also told us what does anyone routinely rough handling animals cranking their tails dragging them to get them on transport trucks that goes against everything that is best practice dr. chrony says when it comes to animal abuse size doesn't matter you can have animal welfare problems on small farms you can have them on large farms it is not the scale of the farm that dictates the welfare outcomes for the animals it really is the quality of the management is management to blame or did Fair Oaks just have a few bad seeds animal works really hard so yes people can get frustrated but one of their co-workers should be able to say hey I'll take over right or let's go get management and figure out how we do this better so what comes from all of this what arm has done is illustrated how easy it is potentially for farms to have problems that they themselves may not be aware of according to Mike McCloskey the founder of Fair Oaks farms the farm has already begun its search for an animal welfare specialist a video statement mike.mccluskey said that that person will be responsible for training new employees as well as continuing education and current employees that person will also be able to go around to any area of the farm at any time and monitor interaction between employees and animals Sam and Trevor dr. crony told me that in situations like these it's best for the farm to own up to what happened and she believes that McCluskey's response was completely appropriate Isabelly you actually took a tour of the farm on Friday were you able to speak with anyone at the farm yeah I spoke with the manager here at Fair Oaks and she was unable to give me the contact information for the McCloskey so were the founders of the farm but she did give me the contact information for Julie Bassett sets the CEO of Fair Oaks now Julie did not return any of my calls but my efforts are not going to stop here I'm going to continue to follow up with Julie as well as try to reach out to the McCluskey's to see if they have anything that they want to say about what's happened here in the past few weeks Sam Trevor back to you okay fantastic reporting Isabelle thank you several employees were fired from Fair Oaks following the release of those videos 18 previously reported there were three men charged in this animal cruelty case the charges a Class A misdemeanor 31 year old Santiago Ruvalcaba Contreras 36 year old Edgar Gaddafi Vasquez and 38 year old Miguel on helm Navarro Serrano Contreras end of our serrano are not in custody the sheriff's office told news 18 there are outstanding warrants for both of their arrests Edgardo Vasquez is in custody he was arrested a week ago we recently learned his court date is set for July 17th at 8:30 a.m.

Related Posts

1 thought on “Fair Oaks Farms Video Analysis with Welfare Expert

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *