Employees of Winchester Dairy, a New Mexico operation that supplies milk to Leprino Foods, which in turn supplies mozzarella cheese to Dominos, Pizza Hut and Papa Jon’s (as well as others), have been caught on video viciously beating cows, whipping them with chains, and stabbing them with screwdrivers. Injured cows were left to suffer without proper veterinary care, and workers dragged and painfully shocking “downer” cows too weak to stand up on their own.
Despite claims that Leprino’s strives to “do the right thing” and act ethically, the company has no stated position on animal welfare and obviously does not vet its suppliers. Claims of acting ethically are apparently nothing more than window dressing for yet another “Big Ag” corporation.
Drs. Bernard Rollin, Terry Engle and William Wailes from the animal science department at Colorado State University wrote: “Of all the atrocity videos I have examined on behalf of various animal advocacy groups, this one may well depict the most prolonged, and severest pain being inflicted on innocent, non-ambulatory dairy cattle. … (from Mercy for Animals website).
You have a choice. You can eat cheese that was produced through cruelty and violence, or you can walk away from Dominos, Pizza Hut, Papa John’s “as well as hundreds of other firms that sell mozzarella at retail or use it in food products” according to Leprino’s.