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New video footage of employees savagely beating cows with tools and their fists at Conklin Dairy Farms in Plain City, Ohio (near Columbus) has attracted enormous attention from the Web and prompted the farm's owner, Gary Conklin, to release a statement condemning the display and calling for the immediate termination of those involved.

"We intend to cooperate fully with authorities in this situation. Further, our farm will institute immediate retraining of all those who remain on the farm and who work with our animals," Conklin said, according to the Dayton Business Journal.

WARNING: The video footage is extremely graphic



The video was taken undercover by Mercy For Animals, a non-profit animal rights activist group. Last year, it published a widely-circulated video of baby male chicks being ground up alive inside another factory located in Ohio owned by a separate company.

Regarding this case, the Mercy For Animals website includes a statement that reads: "Upon completion of the investigation, Mercy For Animals contacted the City Prosecutor's Office of Marysville regarding the ongoing pattern of abuse at Conklin Dairy Farms. MFA is pushing for employees of the facility to be criminally prosecuted for violating Ohio's animal cruelty laws."

According to Ohio law, depending on how the prosecutor's office comes down, Conklin employees might face misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty and the company itself could be subject to penalties requiring the forfeiture of all of livestock and prohibitions to "own or care for any companion animals for a specified or indefinite period of time."

The Huffington Post also noted that "since 1995, Conklin Dairy Farms has received almost $36,000 in federal farm subsidies," including $12,000 from the USDA last year alone.
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gpsagapo

I live in Ohio, and i am ashamed to admit it after this story broke. I could not get past the video clip where that horrible man lifted the little calf up and slammed it down. Why? Why? I had to hit my escape button as well, and i got really nauseated. I havent been able to stop thinking about those poor cows and their calves. I have to join the chorus of CONVICT - CONVICT - CONVICT. And PLEASE pass some kind of law with unannounced inspections to stop this abuse on innocent animals everywhere! Something has to be done! In England, a dog was taken away from its owners because they had let the dog get dangerously overweight, and it was confirmed by the vet. The dog is being put on a good food/exercise schedule and will be given a new home. Animals love unconditionally. We humans have a lot to learn from them.

June 11 2010 at 9:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
horwitzlhr

It makes you rethink the term 'human'. This story demonstrates that there are some that don't qualify and should be removed from society. If everyone were forced to watch this, it would change eating habits which would, in turn, alleviate a great deal of this type of torture.

May 31 2010 at 12:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
baybroo2

Although it is difficult to watch, these animals deserve to have someone know/see & feel what they went through.
Animal abuse should not be hidden behind closed doors, allowing it to flourish...because it is unpleasant to hear about.
Many people falsely beleive it is uncommon, isolated instances. It is more the norm on factory farms nationwide. The public needs to be aware and act.

Please go to mercyforanimals.com, (the maker of this undercover video) to donate or read more about this case. They state that even the farm\'s owner encouraged this behavior.

May 27 2010 at 5:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jim & Peggy

I was raised working on a dairy farm--This is Apalling.
The violators should be imprisoned immediately, labeled child molesters so they would mistreated in the same way.
Sickening.
Jim

May 27 2010 at 3:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Peter

I tried to watch this one time and had to get out of it. It made me sick to my stomach as well as just want to jump in and pull those sick perpetrators away from harming any more innocent farm animals. I cant believe that its only a misdemeanor.
OMG, when they harm another human being, they are treated with will to commit murder, etc. They ought to be treated the same way, as a felony. They ought to go to court and have the keys thrown away and never be let out. Kept in solitude where they have to look at innocent farm animals for the rest of their days as they would a victim that they had either maimed or killed.

May 27 2010 at 3:21 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
jknott29

Please convict convict

May 27 2010 at 3:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jessica

Well we know that Jeffery Dahmer(sp?) started out torturing animals. So it makes me wonder what else these men have done or will do. They should be in prison. I know some people will argue that it is just an animal, but what they did is just sickening. Why did they do it? I just don\'t understand. I hope they are punished properly.

May 27 2010 at 2:49 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
delinahenderson

OMG! And only a misdemeanor. WHAT?? Should be a felony and the guys should be placed in jail forever and made to watch cows and calves being treated as they should. How can an animal, esp.cows and calves make men that deranged?

May 27 2010 at 2:44 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
farmgal1975

I hope someone ties these guys up and do exactly what they did to those poor defenseless animals. I hope they get what they gave when their day of judgement comes. I am so sick to my stomach watching them do that to those animals. That is just sick. I hope they get sent to jail where someone will do to them what they did to those animals.

May 27 2010 at 2:34 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
planarguy1

WHY? WHY? What could possibly be so wrong with the men who do such things? I watched for as long as I could, then had to \"escape\'. Unfortunately these poor animals have no such screen option.
These creatures feed us, and they deserve the best of care; not the living hell they actually have. It makes you ashamed to be human!

May 27 2010 at 2:31 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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