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The Latest: Video spurs 3 retailers to pull Fairlife items

June 5, 2019

FAIR OAKS, Ind. (AP) — The Latest on an animal rights group’s video of showing workers kicking and throwing young calves at an Indiana dairy farm. (all times local):

4:20 p.m.

At least three retailers are pulling Fairlife products from their shelves after an animal rights group released video showing workers kicking and throwing young calves at an Indiana dairy farm.

Fair Oaks Farms in northwestern Indiana is the flagship farm for Fairlife, a national brand of higher protein, higher calcium and lower fat milk.

The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports that Strack & Van Til, Jewel-Osco and Family Express announced Wednesday they’re pulling Fairlife products after the animal rights group Animal Recovery Mission released disturbing video of calves being abused at Fair Oaks Farms’ dairies about 70 miles (113 kilometers) south of Chicago.

Valparaiso, Indiana-based Family Express operates convenience stores across Indiana. The company says it’s pulling Fairlife products, saying that “the exposé of animal abuse in the Fair Oaks Farm network is chilling.”

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1:26 p.m.

Police are investigating alleged animal abuse after an animal rights group released graphic video showing workers kicking and throwing young calves at an Indiana dairy farm that’s a popular destination for school field trips.

Animal Recovery Mission says an investigator for the Miami-based group secretly recorded the disturbing footage last year while working at Fair Oaks Farms, which Food & Wine magazine has called the “Disneyland of agricultural tourism.”

The group says the footage shows the “daily mistreatment of the resident farm animals” at the farm’s dairies about 70 miles (113 kilometers) south of Chicago.

Fair Oaks Farms founder Mike McCloskey says four employees seen in the video have been fired and actions have been taken to prevent further abuse.

The Newton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the alleged abuse.

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