New Video at Dairy Farm Exposes Heartbreaking Cruelty while Workers Laugh

In a graphic video published this week, Mercy for Animals Canada exposed sadistic cruelty to cows at Canada’s largest dairy farm, which has led to calls for cruelty charges against workers and for stronger regulations and oversight.

The footage was obtained in May at Chilliwack Cattle Sales in Chilliwack, B.C., which is home to more than 3,500 cows. The video is as disturbing as it is heartbreaking, showing workers viciously beating cows with metal pipes, punching them, kicking them in the face, ripping hair out of their tails, lifting cows who were unable to move on their own with tractors and chains around their necks and leaving sick and injured cows without veterinary care, among other serious problems. During the first scene, workers can be heard laughing at the suffering they caused in the background.

Anna Pippus, the director of legal advocacy with Mercy for Animals, told CBC News: “Our investigator was not provided with adequate training or supervision. In addition, he repeatedly brought his concerns to company owners who failed to take any corrective action. The company allowed animal cruelty to flourish on its watch.”

Two workers accused of the cruelty who spoke out to CTV News backed up that statement, with one saying that management was aware of “about 80 percent of what was going on,” while another tried to defend their actions by saying they were just trying to get the job done. Despite the twisted logic being used to defend what they did, there’s no excuse for the level of violence, pain and fear they inflicted on those cows.

As per usual, everyone at the top has issued the standard response that they were both horrified and surprised by what happened, while owner Jeff Kooyman claims his family loves those cows and that the company has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to abuse. Yet, this isn’t the first time Chilliwack has been in trouble. In 2008, the company ended up in court for transporting six sick and injured cows who could not be moved “without undue suffering” and was again in the spotlight last year when the Canadian Food Inspection Agency charged a meat processing plant also owned by Kooyman for selling beef tainted with E.coli.

In this incident, the eight employees involved were originally suspended, but were at least fired later in the week. The BC SPCA is recommending cruelty charges for willfully causing pain and suffering to cows in their care and points to a larger problem in the industry.

While there are guidelines for the care and handling of dairy cows, there is no requirement to have them verified by third-party inspections and they haven’t been adopted into law. The SPCA is recommending that the Canadian Codes of Practice, which sets the minimum standards of care for farm animals, be incorporated into the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act so that the standards can actually be enforced.

Some are now calling for a boycott of Saputo, which processes the milk, but current regulations make it virtually impossible to avoid Chilliwack’s milk because it’s mixed together with milk from other suppliers before being distributed. MFA is calling on the company to adopt a zero-tolerance policy on abuse, ensure proper care for sick and downed cows and to install video monitoring systems that can be accessed by the public.

While the industry tries to clean up its image and organizations push for stronger standards that can clearly be willfully ignored the easiest thing we can do to stop the cruelty inherent in dairy production is to pass on dairy products altogether. Is having to wonder if milk came from a place like this really worth it?

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven4 months ago

thanks for the article.

Lisbeth Alvarado Sanchez
Lisbeth Alvarado Sanchezabout a year ago

I couldn't bear to watch the video. It breaks my heart to see how this innocent animals are used for profit and on top of that have to endure the cruelest of treatments. This men are the devil in person. I which that someday they feel the same fear and pain that they have caused this poor cows.

Theresa Robinson
Theresa Robinsonabout a year ago


Mark Donners
Mark Donnersabout a year ago

Canada is chock full of hellish sadist monsters who laugh at the most criminal cruelties you can imagine. What other country would laugh at their bloodbath tortures and massacres of seal pups, a crime which is worse than the Holocaust, for decades, and continue that horror atrocity in the face of most nations boycotting, protesting and banning a Canada from hell?

Anna Wang
Anna Meng Wangabout a year ago

I don't want to watch it. :(

Myra C.
Myra C.about a year ago

I did not watch the video, but feel sick and traumatised at the terrible suffering these cows have to endure. What sort of cruel, mindless scumbags are working there! They should be fired from the job and charged!!!! unbelievable that owners seem to turn a blind eye!!!!!!!!

Alexandra G.
Alexandra G.about a year ago

interesting article, interesting comments

Jennifer H.
Jennifer H.about a year ago

I refuse to watch the video as I have seen how evil and twisted dairymen/cattlemen can be. This is why we must fight against ag-gag bills. I hope those scum bags do get heavier charges against them. The animals are a tool to profits and that is it. Those people don't care about pain and suffering.

Diana Hudspeth
Diana Hudspethabout a year ago

Sorry folks having trouble with my device.

Diana Hudspeth
Diana Hudspethabout a year ago

I did not watch the video either briggitte, this kind of thing grieves me. We humans are going to be held accountable for all the suffering we have inflicted upon the innocent (be it animal or mankind) and it won't be fun in that day. The world needs to make "an about face" and turn around completely!