Animal Rights Group Targets Willet Dairy Farm in Cayuga County
The animal rights group Mercy for Animals has plans to call a news conference Wednesday where they will show a video they claim captures Willet Dairy inhumanely treating cows and calves.
Willet Dairy is the largest farm in Cayuga County, with around 7,000 cows. Mercy for Animals, which is based out of Chicago, allegedly sent an undercover member inside Willet Dairy to capture the video.
The group says farm workers were found to hit, kick and use electric prods on cows, that cows suffered from open wounds that were not treated, heifers had their tails cut off and their horns burned off without painkillers, cows were injected with hormones so they would produce more milk and calves were dragged away from their mothers shortly after birth.
Mercy for Animals took the video to the Cayuga District Attorney Jon Budelman, but the D.A. says the tape was reviewed but the practices captured on tape were deemed acceptable dairy farm practices.
The owner of Willet Dairy, Lyn O'Dell, was unavailable for comment, but it's worth noting that experts say the majority of cows are treated well, because well cared for animals produce more milk and have a longer life span.
The video can be seen at Mercy for Animal's YouTube channel.