Undercover video shows abuse of dairy cows at Fort Morgan plant

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FORT MORGAN, Colo. -- The Morgan County Sheriff's Office is investigating a Fort Morgan dairy plant after an undercover video showed workers stabbing and kicking cows, and not caring for their injuries.

The video, filmed over two months by Los Angeles-based activist group Mercy For Animals, was released Wednesday night. The video was shot by a member of Mercy For Animals who posed as an employee at Cactus Acres Holsteins.

The cows can be seen being stabbed with pencils, screwdrivers and other equipment as well as being kicked.

"MFA’s investigator reported the abuses to Cactus Acres management and quickly contacted local law enforcement authorities and presented them with a detailed legal complaint and the undercover video footage," Mercy For Animals said in a statement.

"We are appalled that these incidents took place here, and have taken disciplinary action against all of the employees involved, including several prior to our knowledge of the video as part of our normal dairy management," Jim and Marie Goedert, operators of the plant, said in joint a statement. "We take great pride in our family farm and in the care we provide to our animals."

Last month, Mercy For Animals released a similar undercover video of apparent animal abuse at a Phillips County pig farm. Seven employees of Seaboard Foods were fired after that video was released.

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