A dairy calf facility in Texas is being investigated after an animal right's group released video footage showing animal cruelty.
The Castro County Sheriffs Office confirms it has initiated a criminal investigation on animal cruelty at the E-6 Cattle Company in Hart, Texas. The dairy calf facility was part of an undercover investigation by Mercy for Animals, and video footage showing brutality to the animals was turned over to the Castro County District/County Attorneys Office.
The investigation is currently ongoing and upon completion a case report will be forwarded to the Castro County District/County Attorney’s Office for consideration for prosecution.
The man in charge of the feedyard says he accepts responsibility for what happened and that they now provide training on proper euthanization method.. Kirt Espenson, who owns E-6 Cattle Company, says the employees in the video were let go before he was even aware of the video.
Click here for a radio interview with the owner by Trent Loos. The owner says video footage shows the undercover videographer participated in the abuse, and that the calf ranch normally uses .22 caliber rifle to euthanize calves.
The National Milk Producers Federation issued this statement regarding the video: “The dairy industry takes claims about animal mistreatment very seriously. Any evidence of animal abuse should be taken to the appropriate state and local authorities whose job it is to investigate those claims, and who can better address the deeply disturbing practices depicted by this video. We agree that animal cruelty is unacceptable, regardless of where it occurs."
The American Association of Bovine Practitioners, like other agriculture and cattle groups,also issued a statement condemning willful acts of animal abuse such as those videotaped on the calf farm.
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Video from Mercy for Animals. (Warning: Graphic Video)