The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) is to investigate a local dairy farm after undercover footage reveals 'horrific scenes' of abuse.
Undercover footage, published by animal-rights organization Surge, appears to show workers on C J & G R Carnell Farm in Slapton, Buckinghamshire, repeatedly punch and kick dairy cows and calves
Surge says the most 'disturbing' parts of the footage include a cow having water hosed into her ears and face while held in an insemination rack, a man beating a cow's face with his crutches, and children being present while newborn calves are mishandled, sworn at, and force-fed.
Footage from the dairy farm
'Dairy farms are anything but transparent'
"The footage seen here shows not only a flagrant violation of the safety of these animals but points to the wider systemic issues found throughout the whole dairy industry, such as the separation of newborn calves from their mothers," Co-director of Surge, Ed Winters, said in a statement sent to Plant Based News.
"The dairy industry likes to call February 'Februdairy', attempting to deceive consumers into believing a false narrative about how animals are treated within the industry. But for all of the dairy industries claims of transparency, investigators have proven that the hidden realities of what happens to cows on dairy farms are anything but transparent."
Plant Based News has contacted C J & G R Carnell Farm for comment.