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NEW INFORMATION: Wis. dairy farmer talks about undercover video

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A Wisconsin dairy farm owner says he did not learn of abusive practices on his farm until a few weeks ago and he's still shaken up by it.

Mark Wiese and his brother own Wiese Brothers Farm in Greenleaf, Wis.

The animal rights group Mercy For Animals released video Tuesday showing workers hitting, kicking, stabbing and whipping sick and injured cows. The video was taken in October and November.

Wiese says he became aware of the abuse when he received an email in late November that included the video.

He says all the employees in the video were assigned to work with sick animals that had problems moving. Two were fired.

Wiese says a supervisor is now being called whenever an animal goes down to oversee its care.
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MILWAUKEE (AP) --A Wisconsin dairy farm says it has fired two employees and barred a third from handling animals after video shot by an undercover activist showed workers hitting, kicking, stabbing and whipping cows.

The animal rights group Mercy For Animals released the video Tuesday. Director of Investigations Matt Rice says it was shot in October and November at Wiese Brothers Farm in Greenleaf, Wis.

Footage has been turned over to the Brown County Sheriff's Office. Capt. David Konrath says his department is investigating the group's allegations of abuse.

The farm also faces business repercussions. It supplies milk to cheesemaker Foremost Farms, which sells to Nestle USA, maker of DiGiorno frozen pizza.

Nestle spokeswoman Deborah Cross says her company has asked Foremost not to send it cheese made from Wiese Brothers' milk.


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