Video shows cattle abuse, sparks investigation

Undercover abuse video
Video shows cattle abuse, sparks investigation at one NM dairy farm.

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – A New Mexico dairy is under investigation by the state livestock board because of what animal activists caught on undercover video. It shows workers kicking, punching and prodding animals and a warning, it’s disturbing. The dairy farm now at the center of a state investigation is located just south of Roswell. The video was shot at Winchester Farms.

“Cruelty runs rampant in the dairy industry,” Vandhana Bala said.

The non-profit Mercy for Animals, brought that farm to light, revealing its findings Wednesday in Albuquerque.

“The fact that management, in this case, a supervisor of the facility, was repeatedly and directly involved in the animal abuse, is one particularly notable fact about this investigation,” Bala, who works as a lawyer with the organization said.

This is their first investigation in New Mexico. Bala explains how they got inside.

“He simply applied for jobs across the country and went to work at the first place that hired him.”

She says Winchester Farms provides their milk to Leprino Foods based in Denver, which is a major supplier of cheese to big-name pizza companies.

The New Mexico Livestock Board says they are now looking into the video, saying they take the allegations very seriously. Winchester Farms says it has closed down indefinitely.

A spokesperson told KRQE News 13 they have launched an internal investigation and have fired the employees seen in the video. The farm says it remains committed to ethical and responsible treatment of animals and has learned from the incident.

Once the livestock board completes its investigation, they will forward the findings on to the Chaves County District Attorney’s office. Mercy for Animals is pushing for animal cruelty charges for everyone involved.

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