8/13/19 Update: Your voices are being heard! Fair Oaks Farms has reacted to the public outcry and taken steps to improve safety for the cows in its care. The company began installing surveillance cameras in June and by July, the installation was reported to be "100 percent complete." Fair Oaks Farms has also hired an animal welfare expert to oversee animal care operations, and contracted with an independent auditor (Food Safety Net Services) which will perform random and unannounced audits every two to four weeks. You can see all of the safety measures Fair Oaks Farms has put into place at this link.
We would like to believe that Fair Oaks Farms is committed to the welfare of the cows and calves in their care, but we are not 100 percent convinced given the epic failure which was revealed in the damning undercover video. We will continue this petition until we are certain that this company knows that the public cares, and until we see that humane animal welfare practices are in place and adhered to.
08/05/19 Update! Edgar Gardozo-Vasquez, one of the men identified as an abuser of calves at a Fair Oaks Farm, has been turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody. Gardozo-Vasquesz, a Mexican national, will remain the custody of ICE pending the outcome of accusations that he is in the United States illegally.
6/13/19 Update! One suspect has been arrested! Edgar Gardozo-Vasquez, 36, of Brook, Indiana, has been taken into custody. There are outstanding warrants for the other two suspects.
6/12/19 Update! Three men are now facing charges for these atrocious acts of cruelty. Prosecutors have charged 31-year-old Santiago Ruvalcaba Contreros, 36-year-old Edgar Gardozo Vazquez and 38-year-old Miguel Angel Navarro Serrano with misdemeanor beating of a vertebrate animal and arrest warrants have been issued. Your voices are being heard! We must push for these men to be punished to the full extent of the law.
The company's co-founder Mike McCloskey, has expressed dismay and disgust about the cruelty happening at the Fair Oaks Farm facility and he has stated that the employees involved in the abuse are no longer working for the company. Is that enough? Fair Oaks Farm products are being pulled off of many retail store shelves, which will impact the company's bottom line. But abuse, severe abuse, took place and justice must be served.
Join us in asking the Newton County Sheriff’s Office to investigate and charge everyone involved in these cruel situations. Until that time, the so-called "Disneyland of dairy" should be boycotted.