Target: James Leprino, Owner of Leprino Foods
Goal: Implement and enforce animal protection measures on dairy farms
Leprino Foods, the world’s largest producer of mozzarella cheese, recently cancelled a contract with a supplier being investigated by the New Mexico Livestock Board for animal cruelty. Recent evidence released by an undercover employee shows dairy workers whipping, kicking, and punching cows. They are even seen dragging sick and injured cows with tractors while shocking their genitals with cattle prods.
The cheese company, which supplies cheese for major American brands such as Domino’s and Pizza Hut, terminated Winchester Dairy as a supplier after the investigation began. Winchester Dairy, located in southeastern New Mexico, promptly fired the employees involved, closed down operations, and sent over a thousand of its cows to other dairies. Leprino Foods released a statement affirming their commitment to producing quality cheeses from well-treated animals.
While all of Leprino’s suppliers are voluntary members of the Farmers Assuring Responsible Management program, which outlines best practices for animal treatment in the dairy industry, Leprino has no guidelines or inspections of its own. This makes it impossible for the cheese giant to ensure that its own quality standards are being met, and allows room for this type of barbaric cruelty to take place.
It is imperative that Leprino have a clear idea of what is going on in their dairy suppliers in order to ensure that their products are responsibly sourced. A review of conditions in supplying dairies needs to be conducted in order to spot and correct issues, followed by the implementation and enforcement of animal welfare regulations. Your signature will demand that Leprino Foods hold their suppliers to a higher standard.
Dear Mr. Leprino,
Leprino Foods recently cancelled a contract with a supplier after an investigation was launched into the improper treatment of its dairy cows. An undercover investigation uncovered animal abuse at Winchester Dairy, where employees punched, kicked, shocked, and dragged cows.
Leprino’s suppliers are all voluntary members of the Farmers Assuring Responsible Management program, which works to ensure proper animal welfare standards in member dairies. Leprino, however, has no welfare guidelines of its own.
Though Leprino issued a statement ensuring consumers of its dedication to responsibly sourced ingredients, the fact that it holds its suppliers to no standards states otherwise. We, the undersigned, demand that proper animal welfare regulations are implemented and enforced with inspections and surveillance.
[Your Name Here]
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