Operation Strauss Veal Feeds
Operation Strauss Veal Feeds stands as the fourth and final installment of the largest dairy investigation ever executed within the United States. The three previous cases of this series of investigations included; Operation Fair Oaks Farms Dairy Adventure, Operation Fairlife and Operation Natural Prairie Dairy.
Conducted between May and August of 2019, an ARM investigator was hired at the Midwest veal nursery, of Strauss Veal Feeds, located in North Manchester (IN). The focus of the operation surrounded the connection of the dairy industry to veal farms, and the abhorent cruelty that calves are discarded and subjected to daily as by-products.
ARM discovered the Midwest Veal Nursery barn while working at Prairies Edge Fair Oaks Farms during Operation Fair Oaks Farms Dairy Adventure. ARM exposed Fair Oaks Farms and the Fairlife company, lying about their animal care practices and their involvement in the veal industry.
This investigation revealed and exposed criminal acts against calves ranging from brutal and inhumane handling during loading and transportation, to continual confinement in abhorent conditions. In the ‘nursery’ location, calves are imprisoned in 2 1/2 by 5 feet crates with wooden slats for flooring. They are kept in these crates for 8 weeks, so small that the calves can’t perform natural movement or turn around and are forced to live in their own excrement.
ARM investigators also documented calves living in total darkness for up to 20 hours a day. Whilst employed at the Midwest Veal Nursery, the ARM operative was informed that all the lights and ventilation fans were to be kept off for as long as possible to save the company money. Temperatures often exceeded over 100 degrees Fahrenheit and many calves died of dehydration and heat exhaustion.
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The calves were also found to be suffering dysentery, ear infections and stomach viruses, with 10 to 20 calves dying daily and during the investigation, ARM never witnessed any Vetinarians onsite tending to sick and ailing calves.
When medications were given to the calves, they were administered incorrectly and un-hygenically by untrained employees.
Calves near death did not receive any medical attention and were starved to death. Employees would write, “NO” on the sick calves’ crates, which meant that feed and water were not to be given. Calves that were too sick were dragged into the isle and left to die, in order to make room for new incoming calves.
The disturbing footage that ARM captured has provided a behind the scenes realization of the truths behind the dairy industry. The veal industry would not exist if it wasn’t for the dairy industry.
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