Operation Strauss Veal Feeds
Operation Strauss Veal Feeds stands as the fourth and final installment of the most extensive 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 2019, Strauss Veal Feeds hired an ARM investigator to work at the Midwest veal nursery in North Manchester (IN). The operation focused on the connection between the dairy industry to veal farms and the abhorrent 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 disgusting 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 eight weeks, so small that the calves can’t perform natural movements or turn around, and forced to live in their excrement.
ARM investigators also documented calves living in total darkness for up to 20 hours a day. While employed at the Midwest Veal Nursery, another employee told the ARM operative that the lights and ventilation fans were to be kept off for as long as possible to save the company money. Temperatures often exceeded 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and many calves died of dehydration and heat exhaustion.
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The calves suffered dysentery, ear infections, and stomach viruses, with 10 to 20 calves dying daily. During the investigation, ARM never witnessed any Veterinarians onsite tending to sick and ailing calves.
When giving medications to the calves, the untrained employees administered them incorrectly and unhygienically.
Calves near death did not receive any medical attention and starved to death. Employees would write NO” on the sick calves’ crates, which meant no feed and water. Calves too sick were dragged into the aisle and left to die to make room for new incoming calves.
The disturbing footage ARM captured provided a behind-the-scenes look into the ugly truths of the dairy industry. The veal industry would not exist if it weren’t for the dairy industry.
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