[CHICAGO.CBSLOCAL] The owners of an Indiana dairy farm are apologizing after undercover video released by an animal rights group showed workers kicking, beating and throwing around newborn calves.
The video was filmed at Fair Oaks Farms, a popular destination for school field trips and tourists about 75 miles southeast of reliably Democrat Chicago, aka The Windy City or Mobtown ... home of Al Capone, a succession of Daleys, Barak Obama, and Rahm Emmanuel,... The video was filmed by a member of Animal Recovery Mission, which had an undercover investigator get a job at Fair Oaks Farms from August to November of last year in order to expose animal cruelty.
The footage shows workers dragging calves by their ears, including off the side of a farm cart, throwing calves into small plastic isolation hutches, hitting calves with milk bottles, kicking calves, beating them with branding irons and steel rebar, and force-feeding the animals to the point they can’t breathe.
Workers are also seen piling dead calves onto farm vehicles and throwing them in mass dump sites.
The video also shows filthy conditions in the calves’ pens, overcrowded transport trucks, and temperature readings of more than 100 inside their hutches.
Animal Recovery Mission claims supervisors and owners at Fair Oaks were aware of and even took part in the animal abuse.
Jewel-Osco said the grocery store chain is removing all Fairlife products from its shelves in response to the video. Fairlife is owned by Fair Oaks founder Mike McCloskey and gets its dairy from Fair Oaks Farms.
"At Jewel-Osco we strive to maintain high animal welfare standards across all areas of our business and work in partnership with our vendors to ensure those standards are upheld. We apologize for any inconvenience," spokeswoman Mary La Belle Frances Trucco stated in an email.
In a statement, Fair Oaks Farms said five individuals were identified from the video, four of them Fair Oaks employees and the fifth a third-party truck driver who was picking up calves. The company said three of the four employees were fired before the video was released after co-workers caught them abusing animals and reported them to management. The fourth was fired on Tuesday after the ARM video was released.
As for the truck driver, Fair Oaks said he will not be allowed on their farms again.
"I am disgusted by and take full responsibility for the actions seen in the footage, as it goes against everything that we stand for in regards to responsible cow care and comfort. The employees featured in the video exercised a complete and total disregard for the documented training that all employees go through to ensure the comfort, safety and well-being of our animals," Fair Oaks founder Mike McCloskey stated.
RIP indeed. His shtick got old quick, but he had all the right influences and he picked 'em up and ran with 'em while guys like me sat around rolling our eyes. And they sure aren't making any more old Orleanians. Leah Chase gone the other day. And Ronnie Virgets dead two weeks and I only heard today, dammit. Might've gone home for that and I didn't even know him.
Makes me sad how much he hated Shatner. I never really heard Scotties side beyond stolen lines and acted like a prima donna (which most lead actors likely do). It always seemed there had to be something more because the hate was so long standing and burned so bright.
The verdict sends a strong message that colleges and universities cannot simply wind up and set loose student social justice warriors and then wash their hands of the consequences. In this case, a wholly innocent 5th-generation bakery was falsely accused of being racist and having a history racial profiling after stopping three black Oberlin College students from shoplifting. The students eventually pleaded guilty, but not before large protests and boycotts intended to destroy the bakery and defame the owners. The jury appears to have accepted that Oberlin College facilitated the wrongful conduct against the bakery.
Bloody well grand! More of us Americans need to sue the shit out of this leftist racists.
Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harley took over as president of the Newport, Rhode Island, college in July 2016. The college, which grooms senior officers, faces a budget deficit of about $5 million. Harley approved about $750,000 in raises in the same year, according to the Associated Press.
President Obama blighted everything he touched, as far as I can tell.
[AmericanThinker] China’s food supply is being imperiled as new reports warn that up to 50 percent of China’s 440 million pigs are now at risk from African Swine Fever infection.
...Geopolitical Futures emphasizes that China’s food supply is also being endangered due to other developing risks. The Fall Armyworm has spread to 220,000 acres (89,000 hectares) in Southern China, ruining primarily corn and some sugar cane crops. With no natural predators in China, the USDA warned "there is a high probability that the pest will spread across all of China’s grain production area within the next 12 months."
Although western Kansas may benefit from the rains if they can sow in time - and believe me they are booking* - the bread basket, the central third of the state, are reporting numerous wheat fields flooded with possible 100% loss. If true, that is big.
*there is some stupid bike across America deal where they ride bikes through Kansas at this time of year. Once you get off the interstate, it is basically a large construction zone, narrow roads, no shoulders, and the sowing clock is ticking especially if there are storms - can't tractor in the mud, not without a recovery crane. About broke the dashboard when some schmuck on the radio told us to watch out for them. As much fun as platoon of bicyclists vs. forage harvester sounds, its like taking a preschool on a tour of a building in the process of being demo'd.
A man with several thousand acres still kind of too wet to plant on in Central Nebraska is thinking of substituting hemp for his corn and soybeans it's too wet to plant.
It has a shorter growing season. This the the rope, paper and cloth form of the plant not the smoked one.
[DAWN] The US Department of Defence has held talks with Malawi’s Mkango Resources Ltd and other rare earth miners across the globe about their supplies of strategic minerals, part of a plan to find diversified reserves outside of China, a department official said on Wednesday.
The push comes as China threatens to curb exports to the United States of rare earths, a group of 17 minerals used in a plethora of military equipment and high-tech consumer electronics.
Although China contains only a third of the world’s rare earth reserves, it accounts for 80 per cent of US imports of minerals because it controls nearly all of the facilities to process the material, according to US Geological Survey data.
"We are looking for any source of supply outside China. We want diversity. We don’t want a single-source producer," Jason Nie, a material engineer with the Pentagon’s Defence Logistics Agency, said on the sidelines of the Argus US Speciality Metals conference in reliably Democrat Chicago, aka The Windy City or Mobtown ... home of Al Capone, a succession of Daleys, Barak Obama, and Rahm Emmanuel,... The DLA, which buys, stores and ships much of the Pentagon’s supplies - ranging from minerals to air plane parts to zippers for uniforms - has also held talks with Burundi’s Rainbow Rare Earths Ltd about future supply, as well as offered to introduce the several US rare earth projects under development with potential financiers, Nie said.
How many men with bachelors degrees go for the work-life balance thing, then work part time or stay home altogether once they have children? As Skidmark and warthogswife comment, let’s compare men and women in the same field putting in the same hours.
And that was before #MeToo, when male managers did not self-protectively shy away from spending extra time with their female staff.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.