Dairy farm workers in undercover video charged with mistreating cows

The AP

Four Wisconsin dairy farm workers have been charged with mistreating animals after an animal rights group released secretly recorded video.

Video released in December by the animal rights group Mercy For Animals showed workers at Wiese Brothers Farm attacking sick and injured cows.

Farm owner Mark Wiese told The Associated Press then that he had fired two workers and reassigned a third to duties that didn’t involve animals.

The workers were charged earlier this week in Brown County with multiple counts of mistreating animals. Each count is punishable by up to nine months in prison.

The four are scheduled to appear in court in Green Bay on March 4. They do not have attorneys listed in online court records.

Mercy For Animals said its undercover video showed Abelardo Jaimes, Crescencio Pineda, Lucia Martinez and Misael Monge-Minero “viciously kicking, beating, whipping, dragging and stabbing cows.”

The farm, according to Mercy, supplies cheese to DiGiorno Pizza.

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