Target: John R Gossage, Brown County Sheriff, Wisconsin
Goal: Thank police for quickly laying appropriate charges in dairy cruelty case
Recently, animal cruelty charges were laid in the case of four Wisconsin dairy farm employees. The employees were caught on camera abusing dairy cows at Wiese Brothers Farm, a former supplier for popular frozen pizza brand DiGiorno. The video, which went viral in the animal rights community, prompted Nestle and DiGiorno to drop the dairy farm as a supplier.
According to the criminal complaint, video evidence captured by an undercover activist with Mercy for Animals shows shocking footage of employees taking enjoyment from harming dairy cows. The cows were kicked, whipped, stabbed, and otherwise beaten, while cows that were unable to move were dragged with a tractor. Calves were taken from their mothers right after birth, traumatizing mothers and sending most calves to their deaths.
The video sparked a police investigation into the dairy farm, which turned up a small group of employees responsible for the abuse. The four defendants named now face eleven counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty between them. Each count of mistreatment of animals is punishable by up to nine months in prison or a $10,000 fine.
This sort of cruelty is unacceptable from any employee or company with animals in its care. A quick investigation and tough prosecution can deter future instances of animal cruelty, as well as force employers to be more vigilant for wrongdoing in the workplace. Thank Wisconsin officials for investigating the case and laying charges in a timely manner.
Dear John R Gossage Brown County Sheriff,
Recently, charged were filed against four dairy farm employees caught abusing animals. A video released by an undercover activist shows employees at Wisconsin’s Wiese Brothers Farm beating, stabbing, whipping, and dragging dairy cows. In the video, the group of employees seemed to be entertained by the cruelty they were inflicting. The employees also took the calves away from their mothers as soon as they were born, which led to distress and anguish for the female cows.
The video prompted an investigation, which revealed a small group of employees responsible for the violence. Eleven charges were laid against four defendants, each charge with a possible penalty of up to nine months in prison or a $10,000 fine. These charges could possibly deter future abuse by farm industry employees, as well as prompt employers to keep a better eye on the goings-on in their facilities. Thank you for your quick work to identify and reprimand the abusers. I hope that you will continue to seek justice in all animal abuse cases.
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