The Plain City dairy farm targeted in an undercover video released by Mercy for Animals (MFA) this week responded swiftly to animal abuses depicted in the footage. A spokesman for the farm confirmed the employee prominently featured willfully abusing animals was fired immediately Wednesday morning following the video’s release. “As fourth-generation farmers, our family takes the care of our cows and calves very seriously,” the Conklin statement said. “We take equally seriously the allegations that have been made about our farm operation and the mistreatment of our animals.”
Detailing the farm’s actions in the hours following MFA’s release of footage it claimed to have obtained over a four week period on the Union County farm, a Conklin statement read: “We have conducted an initial review of the video that the activist group has released. The video shows animal care that is clearly inconsistent with the high standards we set for our farm and its workers, and we find the specific mistreatment shown on the video to be reprehensible and unacceptable.”
In explaining the immediate termination of the employee found committing the abuses shown in the video, Conklin said “We will not condone animal abuse on our farm. We have launched our own internal investigation into this matter and will be conducting interviews with everyone on our farm who works with our animals.”
“We are cooperating fully with law enforcement authorities overseeing this situation. Further, our farm will institute immediate retraining of all those who remain on the farm and who work with our animals.” Sources within the industry say a criminal investigation is currently underway, but the Union County Prosecuting Attorney has yet to make a formal public statement on the issue.
Conklin reiterated their commitment to animal welfare by stating, “The trust of our customers in the way we operate our farm, care for our herds and produce quality, safe milk is of critical importance to us, and we will work to maintain that trust as we address this issue.”
Source: Buckeye Ag Radio Network