As a part of its factory farm initiative, ARM conducted its third undercover investigation regarding the mistreatment and abuse of cows upon dairy farms. Randomly selected, an ARM operative was hired to conduct multiple jobs upon the McArthur dairy farm. These investigations took place during August and October of 2017.
In addition, McArthur dairy, which is owned and controlled by corporate giant Dean Foods, also stands as one of the most expansive dairy farms in the state of Florida and is the most recognized brands of milk products.Dean Foods is the largest dairy producer in the United States and the second largest dairy producer in the world.
Throughout this investigation, ARM Investigators utilized video surveillance equipment to capture and document a multitude of both inhumane and criminal acts involving animal cruelty. To learn more about the abuse that the animals at McArthur Dairy were being subjected to, click to read the full details of the report, HERE.
Milk collected throughout the day is picked up by distribution trucks from Southeast Milk. Southeast Milk is a highly profitable co-op owned company that is made up of over 320 dairy farms. Here, dairy products are pasteurized at the plant. Dean Foods then controls the distribution of the dairy products from McArthur Dairy Farm. Dean Foods stands as the biggest, and most recognized, dairy supplier in the United States. Supermarket conglomerates such as Walmart, Target and Publix are one of their many customers of Dean Foods including its national brand of milk, Tru Moo,which is made with McArthur dairy raw milk product.
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 department and mandated new animal welfare policies.
Throughout the series of investigations conducted in Okeechobee Fl, McArthur Dairy Farm generated the most arrests. Of the six total arrests made, three felony arrests were made on McArthur dairy farm employees for causing cruel death and suffering, as well as misdemeanor charges of cruelty to animals. A warrant is still out for a fourth animal abuser.
Stemming from ARM’s investigations, 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 and to go vegan.