Workers filmed hitting and suffocating newborn calves to death at dairy farm
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An investigation has been launched after workers were filmed hitting, kicking and suffocating newborn calves to death at a dairy farm in Indiana.
An undercover video released by an animal rights group reveals the gruesome animal abuse by employees at Fair Oaks Farms.
The workers can be seen dragging the calves by their airs, throwing them into small enclosures and even stomping on their heads.
The video also shows the animals being force-fed milk until they cant breathe.
The footage was filmed by a member of Animal Recovery Mission, who went undercover as an employee from August to November last year, CBS Chicago reports.
The charity recently released the video, which has prompted local law enforcement to launch an investigation.
The horrific footage shows calves in overcrowded, filthy and hot conditions. Temperature readings measured more than 37C inside their enclosures.
Dead young calves were dumped in mass grave sites by employees after being beaten or suffocated to death, in the video.
Fairlife dairy gets its milk from Fair Oaks Farms, which are both owned by Mike McCloskey.
He said in a statement following the backlash: I am disgusted by and take full responsibility for the actions seen in the footage, as it goes against everything that we stand for in regards to responsible cow care and comfort.