In August of 2017, ARM commenced undercover investigations at the Larson dairy farm in Okeechobee (Florida). As a part of its animal agriculture and factory farm focus, ARM operatives obtained positions as employees in its efforts to unveil the dark secrets behind the dairy industry’s doors.
What was revealed shocked even the most seasoned investigators of ARM, and confirmed rumors that the Larson dairy farm is considered the most brutal operation of all of the dairy farms in Florida. During this investigation, damaging and disturbing video footage of dairy cows and calves were witnessed and captured by surveillance cameras. To learn more about the epic abuse, CLICK HERE.
ARM’s extensive investigation captured the close interaction of owner and operator, Jacob Larson, and the animals’ treatment. On multiple occasions, he served or encouraged inhumane acts against the animals that caused unnecessary pain and suffering amongst the dairy cows under his custody and ownership. Milking barn #5 (referred to by employees) is under Mr. Jacob Larson’s DIRECT supervision. At no time during this investigation did he reserve his abusive criminal acts, nor did he reprimand or fire employees for the cruelty and maltreatment enacted upon the animals.
Veritably, the opposite actions arose when one of Larson’s former employees (and ARM investigator), who attempted to disclose animal abuse upon this operation, was served instead with a lawsuit to retract any animal abuse statements concerns. Something contradictory to the company’s code of ethics lined out in the employment contracts.
With The Larson Family’s strong ties with state universities and statewide educational programs, Mr. Jacob Larson himself violates legal and ethical codes of conduct upon the animals under his care.
Following the release of ARM’s Larson’s Dairy Farm investigation, SMI completed an investigation and enhanced its animal welfare policies.
During their investigation, all raw milk deliveries originating from the Dairy stopped, and Publix suspended the products on their shelves temporarily.