Nestle Northbrook based pizza division has cut ties with a Wisconsin farm, after an animal rights group released a video of diary cow abuse. Mercy for Animals released an undercover investigation on Tuesday that showed video footage of cows being beaten, stabbed and dragged by the tractor.
The farm Wiese Brothers is located in Greenleaf, Wisconsin, and the cows supply milk to Foremost Farms. As a result, they make cheese for Nestle.
Nestle spokeswoman Deborah Cross said, “the company is outraged and deeply saddened by the mistreatment of animals shown in this video. We have advised Foremost Farms that we will not accept any cheese made with milk from the Wiese Brothers Farm.”
Cross said, “Nestle is committed to humane animal handling and pointed to the company’s Responsible Sourcing Guidelines to help ensure that our supplies work according to the same principles and values that we do ourselves.”
The Weise Brothers Farm said they saw the video last month and was shocked to see a few of their employees not following the farm’s policies for proper animal care.
The Weise Brothers Farm released a statement, “we have zero tolerance for animal abuse. We are committed to providing optimal care and ask all our employees to demonstrate ongoing respect for every animal at all times.”
The Mercy for Animals general counsel Vandhana Bala outlined the extent of the abuse at a press conference. The abuse included stabbing and using the tractor to drag cows that couldn’t walk.
Mercy for Animals has been conducting random investigations over the past 8 years. The Weise Brothers Farm just happened to be one of the farms they picked. Bala said they have discovered six dairy farms with similar abuse.
Bala said, “this leads us to believe that violence and cruelty run rampant in the dairy industry.”
Mercy for Animals had undercover employees working at the Wiese Brothers Farm from October 4 until November 15. Mercy for Animals alerted the Brown County Sheriff’s department of the cruelty.