Undercover video sparks change for major cheese company

ROSWELL N.M. (KRQE)- The undercover video of animal abuse at a New Mexico dairy farm shocked the nation. Now, that video has also sparked some huge changes.

Back in September, News 13 showed you disturbing video of Winchester Farms just outside Roswell.

The video shows workers kicking, punching and prodding cows. At the time, Winchester Farms was a major supplier to Denver-based Leprino foods, one of the world’s largest cheese producers and a supplier to most pizza chains.

Since this video was released, Leprino has decided to enact changes to prevent more animal abuse. Mercy for Animals, the group that shot the undercover video, says it’s glad to see Leprino working to stop animal abuse.

“They have announced the most comprehensive animal welfare policy ever adopted by a major US dairy company,” said Jaya Bhumitira, director of corporate outreach at Mercy for Animals.

Some of the guidelines in the new policy include providing the cows with pain relief medicine for de-horning, more veterinary care, more education and training for its suppliers and no more cutting off tails.

“Eliminating tail docking is going to reduce the suffering of thousands of cows every year,” said Bhumitira.

Mercy for animals hopes that the changes made by Leprino will set a precedent.

“So that they now can follow suit and implement similar meaningful animal welfare standards to reduce the suffering of the thousands of cows in their supply chain each year,” said Bhumitira.

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