A new undercover investigation by nonprofit group Mercy for Animals has revealed the harsh and inhumane conditions of the Wiese Brothers Farm in Wisconsin, and they have hidden-camera video to prove it.
The video, which was released by the animal rights group, shows workers at the farm furiously beating, kicking, stabbing, and dragging helpless cows just this past October. Wiese Brothers Farm, which is located not far outside of Green Bay, is used by Nestle to supply dairy products to popular frozen pizza brand DiGiorno, which it manufactures. Now, after the video was released and sent to local authorities by Mercy for Animals, Nestle has announced that it has dropped its dairy supplier for good and that they have told Foremost Farms USA, the company that makes cheese for Nestle, to cut ties with Wiese Brothers as well.
“Nestlé is outraged and deeply saddened by the mistreatment of animals shown in this video,” said Deborah Cross, a spokesperson for Nestle’s pizza division. “We have advised Foremost Farms that we will not accept any cheese made with milk from the Wiese Brothers’ Farm.”
Wiese Brothers Farm said, in a statement, that it is, “shocked and saddened to see a few of our employees not following our farm’s policies for proper animal care. We have zero tolerance for animal abuse. We are committed to providing optimal care and ask all our employees to demonstrate ongoing respect for every animal at all times.”
The farm has apparently fired two employees following fallout from the video’s release, and another employee will allegedly not be allowed to work with animals anymore. Still, it looks like Wiese Brothers Farm will suffer a great deal from the amount of attention this video has brought them.
"There's a culture of cruelty that was allowed to fester at this factory farm facility," said Mercy for Animal’s Matt Rice to ABC News. "No socially responsible corporation should support dairy operations that beat, kick, mutilate and drag animals."
Wiese Brothers Farm was apparently chosen at random to be investigated by the nonprofit group. The group has been conducting similar investigations for years. Now that police are actively involved, the group hopes to put an end to this behavior going forward.