Dublin-Based Wendy’s Asks Suppliers To Stop Buying From Dairy Workers Charged With Animal Cruelty


UPDATED: Wednesday October 10, 2012 5:49 PM

Dublin-based Wendy’s asked its suppliers to immediately disassociate with an Idaho dairy farm whose workers are accused of animal cruelty.

Three former dairy workers with Idaho's largest dairy operation, Bettencourt Dairies, have been charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty after undercover video shot by an animal rights group showed workers stomping, dragging and beating cows inside a milking barn.
           
The video was shot using a hidden camera by a member of Mercy for Animals inside Bettencourt Dairies' Dry Creek Dairy in Hansen. It shows workers beating cows with a cane, kicking and stomping fallen cows, and a cow dragged by a chain around her neck.

Wendy’s said in a statement to 10TV News that Bettencourt Dairies is not a supplier to Wendy’s but the company does sell milk to a cheese company that sells products to one of its suppliers.

State Veterinarian Tony Forshey said that Ohio put livestock care standards into law to prevent acts like the ones recorded in Idaho.

“These laws give them the opportunity, for the first time, to be able to legally do something about the bad actors who represent and send a bad name to all of the industry,” Forshey said.

Dairy owner Luis Bettencourt says he's sickened by the video and has fired the workers involved. He's since hired an additional supervisor and installed cameras in his milking barns.
           
Nathan Runkle with Mercy for Animals says the group hopes Kraft Foods will quit using milk from Bettencourt Dairies.

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