Four dairy workers at a Wisconsin farm linked to Nestle were charged with animal cruelty after being caught on hidden camera beating, whipping and cutting animals.
Abelardo Jaimes, Crescencio Pineda, Lucia Martinez and Misael Monge-Minero were charged with 11 counts of animal cruelty. The workers belonged to Wiese Brothers Farms in Greenleaf – a dairy that supplied a cooperative named Foremost Farms.
Foremost Farms is a cheese supplier to Nestle’s pizza division, which makes the DiGiorno brand. The cooperative no longer works with Wiese Brothers Farms, a spokeswoman for Nestle said.
The surreptitious video was shot by an investigator for Mercy for Animals, a Los Angeles-headquartered animals rights group. The footage shows the workers violently beating the animals and dragging sick cows by the neck with loaders.