• No Mercy for Animal Abuse

    Posted on April 19, 2011 by in Agvocate, Farm, livestock care

    I just watched a horrific video filmed by a vegan activist group about how one farm very clearly did not care for the welfare and health of the dairy calves.  I just want to say that I am outraged; nobody should treat an animal in the manner that was depicted in the short video, and everyone involved in the malicious acts should be penalized for their actions.  I am not going to post the video here as it shows violent abuse and may even violate animal crush video laws, if you wish to watch it a simple search for "mercy for animals, calves" should find it for you.

    This is not how we care for the beef calves on our farm, nor how my neighboring dairy farmers raise the calves on their farms.  Here are a few of the ways that we care for the calves on our farm:

    • When calves are born we give vitamins, vaccines, and make sure that their navels are clean to prevent infection.  We also record their weight to refer back to if needed.
    • We make sure that calves are well cared for; they always have access to hay and water.  During the wet spring months we make sure that they always have access to a dry bedded area in the barn.  Making sure that calves are dry and comfortable is always the first line of defense against disease and illness.A cozy calf
    • If an animal becomes ill we immediately take action to try to improve the health of the calf.  If I recognize the symptoms that the calf is having I medicate it properly, if not I call the vet to make sure that the calf receives proper care.  Unfortunately though sometimes we can do everything in our power to try to save an animal and not be able to save it.

    At the end of the video there is a message from the group that conducted the undercover investigation urging watchers to “go vegan” to end animal abuse.  I have a different message that I would like to share, animal abuse is not caused by eating meat or animal products.  Animal abuse is the result of disturbed individuals that have little to no respect of the life of the animal that they are abusing. 

    I would like to thank Mercy For Animals (MFA) for finding and reporting this abuse to authorities after they were done with their two week investigation, even though I feel that they should have reported it quicker.  This is one of several undercover video’s that was released by this group over the past few years.  Surely they have been on thousands of farms that treat their animals with respect.  If this group really want to show America how farm animals are treated across the majority of farms in the United States I ask that they show footage from these thousands of farms as well.  Below is a video that is a regular scene on our farm:


    Furthermore, for anyone reading this blog and is aware of animal abuse or neglect please report it right away.  Please familiarize yourself with the proper authorities on animal welfare in your state.  If you are in Ohio you can report abuse claims to The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board, your local animal shelter, or local law enforcement agency.  Animal Abuse is not acceptable and should not be tolerated, it is up to us to take action and call out the bad actors in agriculture. 

    For more information you may also be interested in the following:

    What Farmers are saying about this recent video

    Do those shooting animal abuse video's really have mercy for the animals?

    National Dairy FARM

    Dairy Faming today

    RayLin Dairy Is going Vegan the Answer to Animal Abuse?

    Agriculture Proud  Quality Food Begins With Quality Animal Care 

    Cause Matters The Tears I've Shed…. Animal Abuse

    Crystal Cattle Animal Abuse in Agriculture

    Dairy Innovation Animal abuse: Still a Big No No!

    Zweber Farms  Video:Calf Care on Zweber Farms December 2010

    Zweber Family Farm News  Calf and Animal Care is our Number One!

    Orange Patch Dairy Too mad to go to bed!

    killrocfarms Animal abuse: Never acceptable

    Pinke Post Link Up Wordless/Wordful Wednesday: Despite Animal Abuse Headlines

    Life as an Iowa Farmwife Animal Abuse, Undercover Videos, and Doing the Right Thing

    From the Tractor Seat Animal Abuse

    The Ole Cowmilkers Random Thoughts Animal Care

    Buzzard's Beat No Excuse

    ag – a colorful adventure Hold People to A Higher Standard

    Reflections from a Country Boy We Care For Our Livestock!

    Loos Tales Interview with the owner of E6 Ranch

    Dairy Devotion Why I am doing this.

    Jersey Cowgirl So it Goes






  • Tabell0229

    i just watched the first 10seconds and started bawling my eyes out. how could poeple be so cruel and veil?!?!?! how would they like it if theyh were in the opposite position? they wouldn’t, so why be horrid?!?!?! i hope they suffer in ehll for their actions!

  • http://haley-farms.com Mike Haley

    Update: YouTube has found this video to break its terms of service, therefore you will no longer be able to watch it.

  • Anonymous

    I love the video of your playful livestock. After seeing a video of just one CAFO, I immediately stopped buying “big brand” meat, eggs, and dairy. Now I purchase meat direct from our local butcher, organic eggs and dairy. In fact, I do everything in my power to avoid genetically modified produce as well. It changed my life and I’m a better, healthier person for it. For the past year, I have been trying to buy my own farm (only 5 acres, but it’s a start). I am hoping to get there before fall. I will start with chickens and then add a dairy cow (and a veggie garden, of course). It’s an exciting endeavor for me. I know it won’t be easy, but after viewing your video, I know it will be worth it. Thank you for being responsible.

  • Anonymous

    It’s the idiots they hired. I hope that someday someone hammers them over the head the same way they treated those small defenseless cows. Farmers should unite and get rid of all these morons that give all farmers a bad name.

    • http://flavors.me/farmerhaley Mike Haley

      It may be who they hired, but let’s not jump to to many conclusions without full knowledge of what happened there. All I know is I did not like what I saw and feel the same way you do about punishment for those at fault.

  • http://beaelliott.blogspot.com/ Bea ? Elliott

    "animal abuse is not caused by eating meat or animal products." May I quote you on this?

    • http://flavors.me/farmerhaley Mike Haley


      I understand that we will always fundamentally disagree on several issues that revolve around agriculture. one of those is the idea that humans should be above eating meat because it is a form of animal abuse. I am not going to argue my point with you as we will never agree on this topic, but I do ask of you not to infringe on my right to consume meat that I know was raised in a respectful manner.

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  • http://www.durrerce.blogspot.com Ellen

    Incredible – I tried to watch and am pretty sure I missed at least half. These types of facilities should not only be reported, but Shut Down. Employees on our farm, and I'm sure the vast majority of farms, would be Immediately Terminated for abuse Far Less severe than this. I cannot even begin to fathom a business in any livestock industry when their health and care does not come as a priority. Thank you to the honest, hard working livestock owners out there who face each day, knowing the few like these are tarnishing our good names.

  • cec

    I wish good farmers would get involved in cracking down on the abusers in their industry. They make all farmers look bad. Because of all the investigations I have seen, I stopped eating meat 3 years ago and seriously considering going vegan altogether. This has caused strife in our family since others like to eat meat. (they are afraid to watch the videos)
    If I were a farmer, I would be after the sick abusers and expose them instead of the animal rights groups doing the job.

    • http://flavors.me/farmerhaley Mike Haley

      I understand your reasoning for going vegetarian, but please remember that for every bad farmer their are 999 good ones (my guess).

      Have you considered buying meat directly from a farmer that you trust? Supporting good farmers is just as important as not supporting the bad ones.

      • Elizabeth

        Agree. As consumers, we need to vote with our wallets for farmers who raise animals humanely and sustainably. If you can't afford higher price for higher quality, eat less meat. Americans eat more than is healthy for us, as it is.
        As consumers and farmers, we all need to fight for MORE transparency, and against the restrictive laws sponsored by those who have things to hide.
        And Mike, there may be 999 good farmers for every bad one, but in volume, the CAFO and big ag system is working against the good ones.
        The more farmers doing things right speak up, and help your fellow farmers change their ways, the better off we'll all be.

        • http://flavors.me/farmerhaley Mike Haley

          Thanks for the reply Elizabeth,

          I would like to point out that its not the size of the operation that matters but the management.  I have been to some very small farms that I would never purchase food from, some that I would buy everything they have.  The same goes for large farms, in fact I currently buy my freezer pork from a farm that would be considered a CAFO, but I have also seen the way the farmer cares for his pigs and am glad to support him.

          I agree, that if farmers are transparent and open about how they farm most consumers would be happy to buy from them.


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