DiGiorno pizza drops dairy farm over abuse
Ari Solomon, spokesman for the animal rights group Mercy For Animals, speaks Tuesday at a news conference in Milwaukee about the results of an undercover investigation at Wiese Brothers Farm in Greenleaf, Wis. The Wisconsin dairy says it has fired two employees and barred a third from handling animals after video shot by an undercover activist showed workers hitting, kicking, stabbing and whipping cows. Authorities say they are investigating the groups allegations of abuse. (AP Photo/Michelle L. Johnson)
Milwaukee • Top-selling frozen pizza brand DiGiorno and its cheese supplier are cutting ties with a Wisconsin dairy farm after an animal rights group released video showing workers beating, kicking, stabbing and whipping sick and injured cows. Wiese Brothers Farm owner Mark Wiese says he fired two employees.
Video shot in October and November by an activist with Mercy For Animals shows cows that can’t stand being dragged with ropes and heavy equipment or lifted with hooks. Workers whip, kick and stab other cows to get them moving. The group is calling on DiGiorno and its parent company Nestle USA to adopt a tougher animal welfare policy.
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