Undercover Investigation Exposes Extreme Animal Abuse at Dairy Farm

Warning: The video below has scenes of extreme animal cruelty. You may prefer to read the description rather than watching the actual video.

CLEVELAND, May 26 — During a four-week investigation between April and May, Chicago-based non-profit Mercy For Animals (MFA) captured on hidden camera  shocking scenes of severe animal abuse on a dairy farm. According to MFA, the video was shot by an undercover investigator at the Conklin Dairy Farms in Plain City, Ohio.

During the investigation MFA’s investigator documented farm workers:

  • Violently punching young calves in the face, body slamming them to the ground, and pulling and throwing them by their ears
  • Routinely using pitchforks to stab cows in the face, legs and stomach
  • Kicking “downed” cows (those too injured to stand) in the face and neck – abuse carried out and encouraged by the farm’s owner
  • Maliciously beating restrained cows in the face with crowbars – some attacks involving over 40 blows to the head
  • Twisting cows’ tails until the bones snapped
  • Punching cows’ udders
  • Bragging about stabbing, dragging, shooting, breaking bones, and beating cows and calves to death

MFA has shared the video with the City Prosecutor’s Office of Marysville and is pushing for employees of the facility to be criminally prosecuted for violating Ohio’s animal cruelty laws.

MFA, which is dedicated to “promoting nonviolence towards all sentient beings” stated that “the deplorable conditions uncovered at Conklin Dairy Farms highlight the reality that animal agriculture is incapable of self-regulation and that meaningful federal and state laws must be implemented and strengthened to prevent egregious cruelty to farmed animals.”

Lotus Electric Car to Use ‘Star Wars’ Noises to Warn Pedestrians

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In a move aimed at reducing the silent danger from electric and hybrid cars, the European Commission is considering rules that will require these vehicles to emit an artificial noise to alert pedestrians to their presence. The regulation does not specify what the noise should sound like, only the minimum volume. As a result, some car manufacturers have been having a little fun with the type of sound their vehicles will emit. Matthew Reed from Lotus Engineering indicated that their new Evora 414E Hybrid will use a “futuristic sound a bit like Star Wars”.

The European noise regulation is in response to growing evidence of the risk posed to pedestrians from battery powered cars. A University of California at Riverside study recently found that a internal-combustion car could be heard at 28 feet away, but that a hybrid operating in silent battery mode could not be heard until it was only seven feet away.

Despite this danger, critics contend that the widespread adoption of hybrid and electric vehicles has steadily been removing a major source of noise pollution from the environment and that by artificially requiring these cars to make noise, those gains will be erased. In the hopes of mitigating this concern, the noise making technologies being implemented by the car manufacturers focus the artificial sound only in the direction the car is moving.

In addition to Europe, similar plans are also currently being considered in the United States and Japan.