Saputo calls for "reform" after video showing animal abuse

The company has stopped ordering milk from the Chilliwack Cattle Sales farm

Screenshot from video showing alleged abuse against dairy cows
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Montreal-based dairy food giant Saputo said it is no longer accepting milk from Chilliwack Cattle Sales in British Columbia.

The farm is at the centre of a controvery after a hidden-video showed employees mistreating catttle. 

"Since Saputo learned of the animal abuse at the farm in British Columbia from which horrific images of cattle mistreatment were captured, the company has used its position as Canada's largest milk processor to ensure the situation is being addressed and that such reprehensible behaviour...does not occur in the future," Saputo said in a statement Monday.

Saputo said it using its position as Canada's largest milk processor to ensure the situation is being addressed and that such behaviour does not happen again.

"Saputo has taken the lead in bringing industry stakeholders together behind a common goal: to ensure immediate consequences for those involved and enforceable legal measures to prevent future animal abuse," it said.

Chilliwack Cattle fired eight employees after the group Mercy for Animals Canada took the video to authorities.

A petition online has garnered over 100,000 signatures calling for a zero-tolerance policy for animal abuse on dairy farms. 

The farm's owner, Jeff Kooyman, said he will install security cameras and work with authorities to better train staff. 

With files from the Canadian Press

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