Praise Company for Boycotting Abusive Dairy Farm


Target: Emanuele Saputo, Chairman of Saputo Inc.

Goal: Thank Saputo Inc. for refusing to process milk from a farm that was recently discovered to have been abusing its cattle

Saputo Inc., Canada’s largest dairy operation, announced that it would be leading a push for the reform of animal welfare laws on dairy farms. The company’s first step was to refuse deliveries from a farm in the town of Chilliwack, where undercover video recently showed livestock being severely abused. Thankfully, several other companies and organizations have already backed Saputo’s decision to end its relationship with the abusive dairy farm. Saputo deserves our gratitude for working to ensure that all livestock in Canada are treated with kindness.

British Columbia’s Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA) is seeking to press charges against eight employees of Chilliwack Cattle Sales, who were fired after the animal welfare organization Mercy for Animals Canada released a video showing cattle being beaten, punched, kicked, and hit with pipes. The B.C. Milk Marketing Board also suspended milk pickup from the farm. Because of Saputo’s influence, so many dairy processors have refused deliveries from Chilliwack Cattle Sales that the board will destroy all milk from the company due to a lack of demand.

“Since Saputo learned of the animal abuse at the farm in British Columbia from which horrific images of cattle mistreatment were captured, the company has used its position as Canada’s largest milk processor to ensure the situation is being addressed and that such reprehensible behavior does not occur in the future,” said Saputo following its announcement. “Saputo has taken the lead in bringing industry stakeholders together behind a common goal: to ensure immediate consequences for those involved and enforceable legal measures to prevent future animal abuse.” The company also said that it is in full support of the BC SPCA’s recommendation to adopt the Canadian Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Diary Cattle, a set of guidelines meant to ensure the proper care of farm animals, into law.

Not only has Saputo refused to process products from abusive farms, it has also influenced other dairy operations to follow suite, brought animal cruelty in dairy farms into the public eye, and initiated a discussion that could lead to dramatically improved conditions for livestock throughout Canada. Please sign the petition below and thank Saputo Inc. for its incredible effort to improve the lives of farm animals.


Dear Mr. Saputo,

After the recent release of video footage documenting eight workers at Chilliwack Cattle Sales severely abusing cattle, you not only refused to accept milk from them, you also used the tragic event as a steppingstone toward a conversation about improving animal welfare laws and living conditions for livestock. Because of your influence, several farms throughout Canada have also refused deliveries, forcing the B.C. Milk Marketing Board to destroy all milk from the Chilliwack farm.

Thank you so much for your commitment to the welfare of farm animals. They do not have the legal protection they deserve, but with all you have done to shed light on this important situation, hopefully that will soon change.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Marie Honey'Jones says:

    What will happen to the cows now if no one is buying their milk?

    The company has taken action and steps against the abuse.

    Major milk labels are refusing to accept milk products from the farm and, in a decision considered extraordinary and unprecedented in B.C

    But as part of an “unprecedented” response to the controversy surrounding Chilliwack Cattle Sales, an unknown amount of milk will be destroyed as collateral damage.

    The milk isn’t going down the drain; it is being recycled to create some amount of renewable energy. But it is still a waste. Its destruction doesn’t even the score for those abused animals. Its destruction doesn’t really benefit anyone

    Milk should be for the calves.

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