People across the world have become outraged after they became aware of what is being referred to as “sadistic abuse and torture” at an Ohio dairy farm. Average meat-eating Americans to full-fledged vegans are enraged as well as saddened at what was videotaped at Conklin Dairy Farm in Ohio. Warning, the video is beyond disturbing.
The video came to light following an investigation carried out by “Mercy For Animals” from the end of April to May 2010. The abuse and torture was caught on hidden camera in Plain City, Ohio at the Conklin Dairy Farm. Workers at the dairy farm were repeatedly seen punching young calves in the face and head and slamming the calves to the ground. In one instance, a worker violently twists a calf’s head sideways to the ground and begins punching the animal with his fists.
The abuse does not end with physical fist punching. The workers kick the dairy cows in the udders over and over, stab the cows with pitchforks, and to relieve some stress, they hit the cows in the head repeatedly with a crowbar. “Mercy For Animals” says that some of the attacks involved “over 40 blows to the head”.
The beginning of the video shows a young calf being slammed to the ground and then a worker repeatedly stomping on the calf’s head with his boot – this is only a glimpse at the torture suffered by these animals. A cow is show tied to a pole by its nose and struck on the head with a crowbar while it bled. These are clearly cases of people that do not belong in a civilized society. One worker says on the tape “I get going, it’s just like, oh this feels good. I wanna keep [expletive] hitting ‘em.” The workers appear to get enjoyment from using calves and cow udders as punching bags.
“The Huffington Post” released a statement by Gary Conklin of Conklin Dairy after he viewed the video. "The video shows animal care that is clearly inconsistent with the high standards we set for our farm and its workers, and we find the specific mistreatment shown on the video to be reprehensible and unacceptable. We will not condone animal abuse on our farm." However, take special note of minute 1:30 of the video which clearly shows Gary Conklin kicking a downed cow about the head.
After getting enough evidence in hand at the clear abuse and torture of the animals, “Mercy For Animals” contacted the Marysville Prosecutor’s Office. The animal rights’ group wants those guilty of these crimes held accountable. The millions of outraged people across the globe also want to see those that are in the video charged with this sadistic abuse.
Nathan Runkle, executive director of “Mercy For Animals” says that the abuse they uncovered clearly is in violation of anti-animal cruelty laws in Ohio. On May 26, one of the abusers in the video, Billy Joe Gregg, was arrested and charged with 12 counts of animal cruelty. More arrests could be forthcoming as the local Sheriff's department searches through the 20+ hours taped by "Mercy For Animals".
A judge set Gregg's bond at $100,000 and was told not to have any contact with animals. If convicted, Gregg faces $750 in fines and 90 days in jail for each of the 12 counts.
Unconfirmed reports state that Gregg told the judge that he is a wounded Iraq-war veteran and had hopes of becoming an Ohio Police Officer. More disturbing are statements that are on the videotape which was not released to the public.
Gregg reportedly brought guns onto the property and into the milk house. He is seen shooting these weapons on the Conklin property and heard boasting about stealing weapons from the US Army while he was deployed in Iraq. These events are also being investigated. If the statements prove to be correct, Gregg could be facing federal charges.