Idaho dairy workers charged with animal cruelty, undercover video released

Credit: Bettencourt Dairies, LLC.

The animal rights' group "Mercy for Animals" alleges workers at Idaho's largest dairy operation regularly abused animals.


by Associated Press


Posted on October 10, 2012 at 5:22 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 11 at 8:16 AM

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BOISE -- Three former dairy workers with Idaho's largest dairy operation have been charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty after undercover video shot by an animal rights group showed workers stomping, dragging and beating cows inside a milking barn.

The video was shot using a hidden camera by a member of the animal rights group Mercy for Animals inside Bettencourt Dairies' Dry Creek Dairy in Hansen.

Dairy owner Luis Bettencourt says he's sickened by the video and has fired the workers involved. He's since hired an additional supervisor and installed cameras in his milking barns.

Nathan Runkle with Mercy for Animals says the group hopes Kraft Foods will quit using milk from Bettencourt Dairies.

Click here to view the undercover video. WARNING: THIS VIDEO COULD BE DISTURBING TO SOME VIEWERS.