Undercover videos produced by animal rights groups are fueling
a debate over the need for new laws to regulate the treatment of American dairy
cows. Farmers say it keeps dairy cattle clean, opponents say it's cruel and
The graphic videos include one made inside a huge New York dairy operation where
cows never go outside, have the ends of their tails cut off in painful
procedures without anesthesia, and are seen being abused by one employee who
hits a cow over the head with a wrench when it refuses to move.
An investigator for the group Mercy for Animals worked at the New York dairy
farm, Willet Dairy, one of the largest in the state, for two months as a
"These animals are really treated as little more than milk-producing machines,"
said Nathan Runkle, executive director of Mercy for Animals. "The overall
environment at this facility was really a culture of cruelty and neglect."
Portions of the video will be played in reports to be aired this evening on ABC
World News with Diane Sawyer and later on Nightline. Check your local listings