Iowa's livestock farmers and the Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers condemn in the strongest way possible the alleged animal abuses reportedly videotaped earlier this year at a livestock farm located near Bayard as reported September 17 by the Associated Press.
The actions of those involved are intolerable and not representative of the many men and women who are entrusted with the care of food-production animals. The Coalition encourages a complete and thorough investigation.
"Those involved in these reprehensible acts must be dismissed immediately," says Aaron Putze, executive director of CSIF. They are not worthy of being associated with animal agriculture and, if the allegations are true, must be prosecuted to the full extent of the law."
Violations of good husbandry are disgusting
Upon hearing today's news, farm families have proactively called the Coalition to
express their disgust and outrage. "Violations of appropriate animal husbandry of this nature are shocking to the many qualified and educated men and women who responsibly care for livestock," says Putze. "They take pride in doing things right and are sickened that not everyone shares their commitment to tending to the well-being of animals."
The Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers (www.supportfarmers.com) was launched in 2004 and is a joint partnership involving the Iowa Cattlemen's Association, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Farm Bureau, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Iowa Poultry Association and Iowa Soybean Association. The non-profit, nonpartisan organization has helped nearly 1,000 farm families grow and manage their livestock farms responsibly and successfully. CSIF does not lobby or develop policy.
Farm Bureau officials express outrage
Criminal" and "reprehensible" – those are two words that come to mind for fellow livestock farmers who have heard the allegations of shocking animal abuse at a livestock farm near Bayard in west central Iowa.
The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, the largest grassroots farm organization in the state, issued a press release saying it is outraged at the allegations of abuse documented in an undercover video from a Bayard livestock farm. "Farm Bureau members are shocked, appalled and disgusted by these allegations. This is not the way today's responsible livestock farmers operate. The people who abused those animals should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law," says IFBF President Craig Lang, a dairy farmer from Brooklyn, Iowa.
The simple fact is: livestock farmers today are investing more than ever before in preventative care for animals because it's the right thing to do. "Consumers believe animals should be treated well and humanely--and so do we," says Lang.