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DiGiorno severs ties with Green Bay area farm

DiGiorno severs ties with Green Bay area farm

12/11/2013 UPDATE:

MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Top-selling frozen pizza brand DiGiorno and its cheese supplier are cutting ties with a Wisconsin dairy farm after an animal rights group released video showing workers beating, kicking, stabbing and whipping sick and injured cows.

Wiese Brothers Farm owner Mark Wiese says he fired two employees and assigned another to duties that don't involve handling animals.

Video shot in October and November by an activist with Mercy For Animals show cows that can't stand being dragged with ropes and heavy equipment or lifted with hooks. Workers whip, kick and stab other cows to get them moving.

The group is calling on DiGiorno and its parent company Nestle USA to adopt a tougher animal welfare policy.

Nestle says it will no longer accept cheese made from Wiese Brothers' milk.

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MILWAUKEE (AP) _ A Wisconsin dairy farm owner says he did not learn of abusive practices on his farm until a few weeks ago and he's still shaken up by it.

Mark Wiese and his brother own Wiese Brothers Farm in Greenleaf, Wis.

The animal rights group Mercy For Animals released video Tuesday showing workers hitting, kicking, stabbing and whipping sick and injured cows. The video was taken in October and November.

Wiese says he became aware of the abuse when he received an email in late November that included the video.

He says all the employees in the video were assigned to work with sick animals that had problems moving. Two were fired.

Wiese says a supervisor is now being called whenever an animal goes down to oversee its care.

 

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