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Dairy Gothic: Cows Stabbed With Pitchforks at Ohio farm

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Only five months after Mercy For Animals' undercover video at Willet Dairy aired on Nightline and inspired legislation to prevent future abuses, a new Mercy For Animals dairy video has even ag professionals crying uncle.

"While viewing this video, I was filled with disgust and anger," said Jamie Bledsoe, president of Western United Dairymen, on viewing the footage filmed at Conklin Dairy Farm in Plain City, Ohio.

"Clear and disturbing acts of animal cruelty," said the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association. "The actions of the individuals in the video are heinous, and they should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of Ohio's animal cruelty law."

"Barbaric, inhumane and unacceptable" said the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMS) in a rare press release on an animal cruelty topic.

"If this is an accurate portrayal of what took place at the farm, we would encourage regulatory authorities to impose the most severe penalties allowed by law," said Dr. W. Ron DeHaven, AVMA's CEO and former head of the USDA's Animal Plant Health Inspection Service.

The video, which shows cows stabbed in the face, legs and stomach with pitchforks, restrained cows beaten in the face with crowbars, cows' tails twisted until the bones snapped and newborn calves' heads stomped, even shocked law enforcement professionals.

"If there was a way this could be a felony charge, I would push for that," Rocky Nelson, Union County Sheriff told the Columbus Dispatch, calling the video "vile and disgusting."

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