In August of 2017, ARM commenced a three-month long undercover investigation at a small, family dairy farm, located in Okeechobee (Florida) – one of the most prominent areas in the state for dairy production. In operation since 1961, Burnham Farms, Inc operates with an average of 800 dairy cows. Its production lines generate profits just shy of $1 million dollars annually. Whilst registered and operating as a legally formed company, this business is subjecting animals to some of the most horrific forms of daily torture and violent abuse.
During this investigation, an ARM investigator was hired by Burnham Dairy Farms as a milker. Upon the initial day working at the Burnham farm, this investigator captured clear evidence of animal abuse inside Burnham’s milking parlor.
To learn more about the entire findings of abuse to the dairy calves and animals at Burnham Dairy Farm CLICK HERE .
Detailed reports were submitted to various official governing agencies, including the main suppliers of South East Milk and Publix corporations. At the release of this investigation, Southeast Milk, Inc (SMI) distributors initiated an internal investigation, alongside the Okeechobee Sheriff’s investigation, and mandated new animal welfare policies be instilled immediately.
A nationwide campaign went viral on the abuse that ARM uncovered and a series of protests continued both locally and around the globe.
ARM is also currently working on a State legislation level to amend current animal welfare policies for dairy cows.
With so many alternatives of dairy available in todays society, there is an imminent need to end the cruelty associated within these operations for our own consumption. ARMs message stands to adopt plant-based diets, compassionate lifestyles.