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Secret camera catches worker punching cattle

PTI
Published : Dec 30, 2016, 6:45 am IST
Updated : Dec 30, 2016, 6:57 am IST

The worker at Pyrland Farm in Taunton, Somerset is filmed kicking young calves to make them stand up.

The footage of the abuse was gathered by animal rights group Animal Equality which had installed a camera at the farm. (Representational Image)
 The footage of the abuse was gathered by animal rights group Animal Equality which had installed a camera at the farm. (Representational Image)

London: Shocking covert footage of an aggressive British dairy farm worker brutally punching calves and kicking cows in the face has emerged.

The worker at Pyrland Farm in Taunton, Somerset is filmed kicking young calves to make them stand up, twisting cows’ tails and repeatedly slamming metal gates into them. He was also captured pinning calves to the floor and shouting obscenities in their face, repeatedly kicking and slapping nursing cows and violently throwing small calves down, The Sun reported  on Thursday.

 

The footage of the abuse was gathered by animal rights group Animal Equality which had installed a camera at the farm on December 7 following a tip-off from a local resident. During one visit, investigators found two dead calves lying on the concrete floor just outside of the cowshed, in full view of several nursing and pregnant cows. Both calves were male and had reportedly been shot.

Dr Toni Shephard, Animal Equality’s UK Director, demanded those responsible were brought to justice. She said: “The miracle of motherhood is routinely exploited by the dairy industry, causing enormous suffering to cows and calves.” “But to discover farm workers beating new mother cows and tiny calves takes this systematic abuse to an unprecedented level.”

 

“We demand these violent workers be brought to justice and urge consumers to choose plant-based milks, cheeses and yogurts, which are healthier than dairy products and cruelty- free.” The farm, which has 250 cows, is run by James Reid.

Tags: cows, camera, rights of animals, animal cruelty
Location: United Kingdom, England, London