Investigators From Animal Equality Capture Never Before Seen Footage From Inside Mexico's Cruel Dairy Industry

Animal Equality becomes the first organization to gain access to the dairy industry in Mexico and reveals shocking cruelty. Forced impregnation, separation of mother cows from their babies and dehorning, are all caught on camera by investigators from the international organization at farms across Mexico.

Guadalajara, Mexico, March 16, 2017 (Newswire.com) - International organization Animal Equality today released images documenting the standard practices used in milk production in Mexico, revealing  that it inflicts the worst type of abuse on cows and calves raised in the dairy industry. This is the first time an animal advocacy organization has ever gained access to Mexican dairy farms and revealed what happens inside this industry.

What the investigation reveals is an endless cycle of abuse evident in images of:

  • Forced artificial insemination of cows so they produce milk.
  • Calves being born and cruelly taken away to avoid having them drinking their mother’s milk.
  • ​Newborn calves brutally locked in filthy and cold cages.Dehorning of adult cows, a practice that has been banned in other countries.
  • Tail docking, also banned in other countries.
  • Branding of cows with hot iron and without anesthesia, which causes serious and painful injuries to the animals.​
  • ​Cows being forced to swallow magnets to pick up the metals in their stomachs from the consumption of contaminated food.
  • Injured, infected, and bleeding udders caused by the mechanical milking.​
  • ​Cows suffering from injuries and infections on different parts of their bodies, which receive no veterinary care.​​​The killing of cows with low milk production levels in government-owned slaughterhouses.

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Dulce Ramírez, Executive Director of Animal Equality Mexico, said: “It’s time to strengthen the law in Mexico to prevent abuses against farmed animals. Animal cruelty must be treated as a crime.”

She added: “Animals used in factory farming are treated like machines - beaten, electrocuted, brutally stabbed, locked inside filthy cages - while the industry completely ignores their suffering.”

This footage and these images prove that Mexico seriously lags behind other countries in terms of farmed animal protection laws. Until there is a law that prohibits the use of cruel practices in factory farms, animal abuse will continue to happen regularly and with impunity.

With this investigation, Animal Equality adds momentum to their petition that was delivered to the Federal Government and to the Senate of Mexico in December to modify the federal legislation and make the abuse of farmed animals a crime.

MEDIA CONTACT
For more information, images, or an interview, contact: Dulce Ramírez, Executive Director of Animal Equality Mexico on (33) 38 26 45 99, cell 33 34 70 66 14 or dulcer@igualdadanimal.mx

NOTES TO EDITORS:
Mexico has a yearly milk consumption of 29 gallons per capita, including dairy derivatives. In 2015, Mexico imported 785,000 gallons of milk and dairy derivatives. In the same year, 373,000 tons of cheese, 227,000 tons of butter, and 265,000 tons of powdered milk were consumed in Mexico. Moreover, Mexico produced 11.6 million tons of cow milk by the end of 2015, and the country’s largest producer states of Jalisco, Coahuila, and Durango, supplied 570,000, 365,000, and 302,000 gallons of milk respectively.

About Animal Equality
Animal Equality is an international farmed animal advocacy organization working for a world without animal suffering. Animal Equality gives a voice to farmed animals all around the world, promoting change in society, companies, and legislations that benefit animals. The organization  has over three million supporters and is currently present in Mexico, Spain, Italy, Germany, the UK, US, India, and Brazil.

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Source: Animal Equality

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