Success: Farm Owners Convicted for Allowing Cow Torture

Target: Robert Gunnell, Judge in the Provincial Court of British Columbia

Goal: Applaud decision to convict farm owners for allowing employees to abuse cows.

The owners of a dairy farm where employees allegedly abused cows have pled guilty and have been sentenced to pay $75,000 per count of abuse, the maximum monetary fine. One of Chilliwack Cattle Sales’ owners, Wesley Kooyman, was also convicted of another count of animal abuse, and he will be prohibited from having control over his factory farm or owning any animals for a year.

Judge Robert Gunnell, who handed down the ruling, said that the employees were not properly trained or supervised by the farm owners, resulting in the significant abuse the cows suffered. Wayne Kooyman would allegedly only check on his employees once a day, at 3:30 in the morning, and so the employees could easily hide their abusive behavior. As soon as the owners left, they would reportedly go back to beating the cows, kicking them, and hanging them from chains around their neck. The workers allegedly responsible for the abuse will go on trial in May.

This victory for farm animals is a result of tireless work from animal advocates, including members of the ForceChange community who signed petitions like this one. While the ruling cannot erase the abuse the cows faced, it will prevent more animals from needlessly suffering at the hands of cruel humans. Sign this petition to thank Judge Gunnell for standing up for these dairy cows.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Judge Gunnell,

Thank you for your recent sentencing of the owners of Chilliwack Cattle Sales. Your decision to fine the owners the maximum monetary amount allowed for their crimes shows that this type of animal abuse will not be tolerated in Canada.

The cows at Chilliwack Cattle Sales allegedly faced heinous acts of abuse from six employees who beat them, kicked them, and pulled hair out of their tails. The employees also reportedly hung the cows by chains from their necks and dragged them with a forklift. The employees were apparently able to get away with this because they were so poorly trained and supervised by the owners of Chilliwack.

The decision to convict Chilliwack’s owners of animal abuse was the right choice, and it can help prevent future employees from abusing cows on their farm. Thank you for standing up for the dairy cows who faced unfathomable cruelty.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Keith Weller

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16 Comments

  1. I would love to see the sub-humans that tortured the cows be tortured PUBLICLY in the same exact manner! That should be their punishment!

  2. Karen Tipping. says:

    THESE DESPICABLE EXCUSES FOR HUMAN BEINGS SHOULD SUFFER THE SAME FATE SEE HOW THEY LIKE IT ! #KARMA

  3. ESTO ES DESPRECIABLE, IMPERDONABLE!!!! LOS TRABAJADORES Y DUEÑOS DE ESTOS INFIERNOS SON LOS PRINCIPALES CULPABLES DE ESTA INDESCRIPTIBLE CRUELDAD. ELLOS SON QUIENES TIENEN QUE PAGAR CASTIGOS MUCHO MÁS FUERTES Y RADICALES QUE LAS PENAS MÁXIMAS QUE EXISTEN HOY EN DÍA. ESTO NO ES CUESTIÓN SÓLO DE GRANDES CANTIDADES Y CÁRCEL POR UN TIEMPO, ESTO ES UNA SERIE DE ACCIONES QUE CONTAMINAN LAS SOCIEDADES DE ODIO Y VIOLENCIA, ESTA GENTE NO MERECE VIVIR PORQUE NO RESPETA LA VIDA. PENA DE MUERTE!!!!!

  4. Brenda Denno says:

    Thank you so much, Judge Gunnell, for this victory for animals!

  5. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    whats so hard about being a human?

  6. Yahoo hope the fine hurts them like hell. The people that perpetrated this inhumane and cruel behavior ought be lynched like the scum that they are.

  7. Angela Rabon says:

    Since when do you have to train employees not to be cruel and abusive? The judge must be stupid! Perhaps no supervision, that I am unsure of since one of the people convicted was the owner! Perhaps if he had spent more time being a leader and less time being cruel and abusive, those beautiful cows would not have been abused. Employees watch their leaders and learn what they can get by with…their leader taught them well.

  8. Thank you Judge Gunnell, I truly respect you for giving justice for these poor cows and showing that animals are to be respected and not to be abused.

  9. verline Hewett says:

    How can anyone abuse animals it makes me sick they have feelings they feel pain like humans I would love to see these people with a long term prison sentence not just a fine or a month in prison treat them how they treat animals

  10. great news to put the animal abuser to justice now.

  11. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Hope they ALL rot in hell❗?
    Signed & shared ?

    • Me too, Lisa!

    • Me too… There is NO EXCUSE for torturing an animal. NONE. Sadistic, cowardly, and the lowest form of depravity on earth… And that guy Wesley Kooyman will not change his stripes in just ONE YEAR, that’s pretty much guaranteed – there need to be a whole lot more precautionary measures built in…and they, the whole lot, by reason of the punishment REALLY fitting the crime, should do jail time.

  12. Dawn legere says:

    This is great! Turning one’s back and claiming not to know is as guilty as striking each blow themselves. As a Canadian I’m ashamed of this inhumane behavior; it will not be tolerated.

  13. Thank you Judge Robert Gunnell, you are indeed a righteous judge.

  14. Thanks Judge Gunnell.
    However, owners & abusing employees are dirt bags. ANIMAL ABUSERS should be tattooed on their foreheads!

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