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Ohio company cuts off a dairy supplier after allegations of animal abuse
Great Lakes Cheese says it will no longer accept product from Wisconsin-based Andrus Dairy and is outraged by the findings
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA


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Andrus Dairy says it treats its cows well, and that the facility was inspected by a state veterinarian on Tuesday
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A Northeast Ohio cheese company is responding to charges that one of its suppliers is abusing animals.

Great Lakes Cheese in Hiram says it will no longer accept product from Wisconsin-based Andrus Dairy. An undercover investigation by Mercy For Animals found abuse at the dairy, such as cows being beaten and their tales clipped with pruning shears. Matt Rice of Mercy For Animals says the issue is that many people do not see the abuse as a problem.
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“Yesterday, the District Attorney in Shawano County issued a warning saying that further abuses that are uncovered will be prosecuted. This really only highlights the need for companies like Great Lakes Cheese ... to implement meaningful animal welfare policies at its suppliers to prevent these abuses in the first place.”

There was no answer at Andrus Dairy today, but the company told the Plain Dealer earlier this week that it treats its cows well, and that the facility was inspected by a state veterinarian on Tuesday.

Great Lakes Cheese has released a statement saying it gets an “infinitesimal” amount of product from Andrus Dairy, and it is outraged by the abuse findings. Mercy For Animals has conducted about three dozen undercover investigations since 2001, and Rice says each one has found similar issues.

The undercover video from Andrus is available on YouTube.
Listener Comments:

these people should be held accountable for their actions. i would be more than pleased to see a year or more behind bars. i will NEVER eat anything that comes from these people i will also incourage family and friends to stay away from their products. I do have relitives that own several supermarkets in the green bay fox valley area as well as uppermichigan.


Posted by: Michael Oconnellj (appleton wi) on November 12, 2014 8:11AM
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