Another covert operation |

Another covert operation

Animal activist’s, namely Animal Recovery Mission, have been busy lately. But I think they’ve overstepped their bounds on their latest video showing animal abuse at Fair Oaks Farms in northern Indiana, a supplier for fairlife products.

The owners of Fair Oaks didn’t waste any time coming forth with a statement taking full responsibility for the incident, which can happen to any employer.

Fair Oaks Farm founder Mike McCloskey, said that five individuals committed multiple cruel incidences and showed bad judgment in their treatment of animals.

“Of the five, four were our employees and one was a 3rd party truck driver who was picking up calves,” McCloskey said in his statement on the farm’s Facebook page, FOFarms. “Of the four who were our employees, three had already been terminated prior to us being made aware months ago of the undercover ARM operation, as they were identified by their co-workers as being abusive of our animals and reported to management.”

It’s is amazing that the Fair Oaks Farm employees reported the abuse before the undercover animal activist. Makes you wonder who is more concerned about animal abuse.

McCloskey said the fourth employee was terminated after the video came to light.

And he said they will make sure the trucking company employee is not allowed on their farm again.

McCloskey has a policy asking their employees “if they see something, say something.”

I would strongly suggest that anyone raising animals read the full statement by McCloskey.

Unfortunately, some of fairlife’s customers acted rashly without having all the facts in hand. For example, Jewel-Osco, announced June 5, it was removing all fairlife products from its shelves. The video was just released on June 4.

Fortunately fairlife’s partner, Coca Cola, wasn’t fooled by the animal activist’s action.

“We have been in contact with fairlife about this situation and have full confidence in their management team to urgently address this issue with Fair Oaks Farms, which is a third-party supplier to fairlife,” the company said. “They recognize the seriousness of this situation as their founding principles are grounded in a strong commitment to sustainability, transparency and the highest standards of animal welfare.”

The video also showed plants grown on the farm and falsely claimed their were drugs being produced at the dairy.

“The statement that we grow and sell drugs on our farms is false. The plants featured in the video are an invasive perennial species that is rampant on farms all over the Midwest,” McCloskey said.

No doubt many farmers have weeds growing on their farms that could be mistaken for marijuana by people unfamiliar with weeds.

McCloskey also reached out to Animal Recovery Mission’s founder, Richard Couto to talk about developing a symbiotic relationship. But, guess what? Couto has not gotten back to him.

In the meantime, the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, where the farm is located, has requested the names of the fired workers that appeared in the video and the person who shot the video and there may be charges pending.

Lets hope they throw the book at them. ❖

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