FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dave Taylor, Chairman BC Dairy Association
Re: Chilliwack Animal Abuse Allegations
CHILLIWACK – June 9, 2014
We were recently made aware by the BCSPCA of allegations of animal abuse on a local BC dairy farm. Video footage was submitted to the BCSPCA containing graphic imagery of numerous depictions of abusive treatment to dairy cows. In recent days we have been working in close cooperation with the BCSPCA as a criminal investigation into these allegations gets underway.
Within the BC dairy industry we have a high level of animal care, and as the representative organization of British Columbian dairy farmers, we wish to express our extreme sadness and concern around this incident. Organizationally we have a zero tolerance policy around these issues and we feel it vital to assert that this abuse is in no way common practice in our industry.
We are in complete support of the BCSPCA and will continue to be closely involved in this investigation, assisting in any way necessary. “The BC SPCA appreciates the BC Dairy Association’s clear stance against these unspeakable acts of cruelty,” said Marcie Moriarty, chief prevention and enforcement officer for the BC SPCA. “Their quick response and assistance in our investigation has been invaluable and we look forward to continued collaboration as we advance recommendations for the adoption of the Dairy Code under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.”
This event is a black mark in the eye of our industry. We’re deeply shaken around this having witnessed the footage. We will be taking proactive steps to further our already strong animal care practices.
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The BC Dairy Association (BCDA) is a not-for-profit organization that represents the BC dairy industry, by advancing the legitimate business interests of BC’s dairy farmers and by raising awareness of the dynamic, economically sustainable nature of the industry, which consistently supplies high-quality products to consumers. BCDA implements innovative advertising, promotion and nutrition education programs and advocates for producers’ concerns such as the environment, animal welfare, product safety, employee training, trade and regulatory matters.