Workers At Nestle Cheese Supplier Charged With Animal Cruelty Following Graphic Undercover Video By Mercy For Animals

   Workers At Nestle Cheese Supplier Charged With Animal Cruelty Following
                Graphic Undercover Video By Mercy For Animals

Investigation Exposing Cows Being Beaten, Whipped and Stabbed Spurs Criminal
Prosecutions - Glendale-Based Nestle Urged to Adopt Strict Animal Welfare
Policies

PR Newswire

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 14, 2014

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Four workers at a dairy farm that
was supplying cheese to DiGiorno Pizza, a product of Glendale-based Nestle,
are being charged with a total of 11 counts of criminal animal cruelty. The
charges stem from shocking animal abuse captured on a hidden-camera video by
Mercy For Animals at a Wisconsin dairy farm late last year.

Abelardo Jaimes, Crescencio Pineda, Lucia Martinez, and Misael Monge-Minero
were charged with violating the state's animal cruelty statute after they were
caught on video viciously kicking, beating, whipping, dragging and stabbing
cows at Wiese Brothers Farms in Greenleaf, Wisconsin. At the time of the
investigation, the facility was a cheese supplier for DiGiorno Pizza—part of
locally based Nestle's Pizza Division and the nation's largest frozen pizza
manufacturer.

Following the investigation, Mercy For Animals immediately contacted law
enforcement authorities and presented them with a detailed legal complaint and
the undercover video footage. MFA praises the Brown County Sheriff's
Department and district attorney's office for taking swift and decisive action
in pursuing justice for these abused and exploited animals.

World-renowned farmed animal welfare expert Dr. Temple Grandin characterized
the actions of the Wiese Brothers Farms employees as "severe animal abuse,"
stating: "The actions of these people went beyond rough handling and escalated
to the level of cruelty. Kicking, beating, and hard whipping of downed cows is
abusive."

Mercy For Animals is calling on Nestle to adopt meaningful animal welfare
guidelines, including zero tolerance for kicking, punching and shocking cows;
requiring suppliers to prohibit painful and unnecessary mutilations of
animals; and requiring suppliers to provide a safe, clean and sanitary
environment for cattle. Tens of thousands of consumers have signed a petition
at SliceOfCruelty.com, urging Nestle to implement such policies, since the
investigation's release.

"These criminal charges should be a wake-up call that heartbreaking animal
abuse runs rampant at DiGiorno cheese suppliers. Swift action must be taken to
end this unspeakable cruelty. Nestle has the power and responsibility to
implement meaningful policies to end some of the worst forms of animal abuse
in the dairy industry," said MFA's executive director, Nathan Runkle. "No
socially responsible corporation should support dairy operations that torture
animals."

To view the undercover video, visit www.SliceOfCruelty.com.

SOURCE Mercy For Animals

Website: http://www.sliceofcruelty.com
Contact: Matt Rice, 347-839-6464
 
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