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Newborn calves on ‘organic’ dairy farm thrown to ground, hit and force-fed by workers

The creatures were allegedly denied water for over 24 hours on some of the hottest days of the year. A newborn was dragged by its legs and staff swore at and hit the animals.

RHIAN LUBIN: ‘Newborn calves on an organic dairy farm were thrown on the ground, hit and force-fed by workers, a shocking investigation reveals. The distressed animals were seen on film being “aggressively handled” by staff at dairies belonging to Coombe Farm in Somerset, which supplies organic products to Waitrose and is RSPCA Assured. After receiving a tip-off about cruel handling, undercover footage was obtained by welfare charity Animal Equality in June and July this year…

The creatures were allegedly denied water for over 24 hours on some of the hottest days of the year. A newborn was dragged by its legs and staff swore at and hit the animals. Several cows were seen with back legs shackled. In the footage, a worker appears to place his foot on a calf’s head after putting a stomach tube down its throat. He is then heard saying “You f***ing s***”as he squats down on the calf while its mother looks on.

In another incident, a worker enters the pen as a calf is suckling from its mother. The calf is pulled away and a tube forced down its throat. One staff member was filmed dragging a calf by its hind legs, breaking RSPCA guidelines which state that animals must not be pulled or lifted by their tails, ears or limbs…

Coombe Farm boasts of high animal welfare standards and says on its website: “We believe that well-cared-for, relaxed dairy herds produce better milk and that this will be appreciated by the people who drink it.” But the charity claims that when it visited the farm on many occasions it found calves being force-fed an aggressively handled’. SOURCE…

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