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The dairy industry: Where cruelty is standard practice
From a young age, I loved animals. That’s why I became a vegetarian, and for so long, I thought I was doing all I could to help animals. It didn’t occur to me that cows suffered in the dairy industry. I was wrong. Dairy cows suffer horrendously. And they desperately need our help.
My name is Erin, and as an undercover investigator for Animal Outlook, I have seen firsthand how terribly dairy cows suffer. Before I went undercover at an industrial dairy farm, I did all I could to prepare myself. I watched footage from previous investigations and spoke with a former investigator. I went vegan when it became clear that cows on dairy farms lead a tragic existence. Nothing could prepare me for the shocking reality I faced when I wore a hidden camera, working behind the closed doors of the dairy industry.
Earlier this month, we released my latest — and last — heart-wrenching hidden camera video, filmed inside Dick Van Dam dairy in California. This experience confirmed what I had already come to realize: cruelty is standard practice in the dairy industry. I saw abuse and neglect every single day I was there, including some of the most egregious cruelties I’ve seen in my career, from newborn calves left to languish and die to workers lifting sick or injured “downed” cows with a tractor and dragging them with a metal “hip clamp.
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