Agriculture industry must be called to account over dairy farm cruelty

Vancouver Humane Society calls for mandatory video surveillance of livestock operations

VANCOUVER, June 9, 2014 /CNW/ - The Vancouver Humane Society (VHS) is calling for random inspections and mandatory video surveillance of livestock operations after horrific abuse of dairy cattle on a Fraser Valley farm was revealed this week.

The shocking animal cruelty was uncovered through an investigation by Mercy for Animals Canada (MFA Canada) and has resulted in the BC SPCA recommending cruelty charges against several individuals allegedly involved in the abuse. 

VHS spokesperson Leanne McConnachie, who examined the footage taken by the undercover investigators, said: "Individual acts of animal cruelty should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law but the industry must also be held to account for ensuring the humane treatment of animals."

She also urged consumers to cut their consumption of animal products to reduce the demand for intensive livestock farming.

SOURCE Vancouver Humane Society

For further information: Contact Leanne McConnachie: Cell: 604 340 3979