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  posted on 5/27/2010 at 10:22 AM
This is pretty heart wrenching... I'm amazed it's only a misdemeanor. I've grown up with many farmers in my family and have to say that the ones I've known look at their livestock with respect for their part in the circle of life and would never abuse them for any reason (especially for entertainment as this is).

And in the article, he claims to be studying to be a police officer... I would hope this type of person NEVER reaches a public service position in any capacity.

here is a video link... be warned... it's hard to watch.
http://www.mercyforanimals.org/ohdairy/

http://www2.nbc4i.com/news/2010/may/27/bond-set-worker-accused-cow-abuse-vi deo-ar-90364/

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A man accused of abusing cows at a local dairy farm said in court Thursday that he is studying to become a police officer in Ohio.

Billy Joe Gregg, 25, appeared in court, charged with 12 counts of cruelty to animals.

The charges against Gregg were filed after an animal welfare group released graphic video Tuesday that was secretly recorded and shows workers at Conklin Dairy Farms in Plain City beating cows with crowbars, stabbing them with pitchforks and punching them in their heads.

The video shows workers holding down newborn calves and stomping on their heads. It shows one worker wiring a cow's nose to a metal bar near the ground and repeatedly beating it with another bar while it bleeds.

Click here to watch the full video clip. (WARNING: The video is graphic and disturbing.)

Bond was set for Gregg at $100,000. He asked for a court-appointed attorney and claimed in court that he is a disabled Army veteran and former police officer.

He said he has spent the last six years in the Army and is studying to become a police officer in Ohio.

Prosecutors said charges are possible against other people.

Each of the 12 charges holds a maximum fine of $750 and is punishable by 90 days in jail. According to the prosecutor, if convicted, Gregg could face 90 days in jail per charge.

Gregg is next scheduled to appear in court on June 10 at 8 a.m. for a preliminary hearing.

The video was recorded in an undercover investigation at the farm, said Mercy For Animals, a not-for-profit group that publicizes what it calls cruel practices in the dairy, meat and egg industries and promotes a vegan diet.

Conklin Dairy Farms, a fourth-generation family operation based in Plain City, said it takes the care of its cows and calves very seriously and had reviewed the video.

"The video shows animal care that is clearly inconsistent with the high standards we set for our farm and its workers, and we find the specific mistreatment shown on the video to be reprehensible and unacceptable," Gary Conklin, of Conklin Dairy Cattle Sales LLC, said Tuesday night in an e-mailed statement. "We will not condone animal abuse on our farm."

An Ohio Department of Agriculture spokesperson told NBC 4 that 100 percent of Conklin Dairy Farms' milk is sold to Minerva Dairy in Minerva, Ohio. The ODA said Minerva does not sell the milk to stores, but uses it to make cheese. The ODA spokesperson said Minerva is not required to report stores selling its products to the state.

Minerva Farms plant manager Dave Saling tells NBC 4 his company has discontinued all business with Conklin Dairy Farms. He declined to name which retailers sell its products in the Central Ohio market.

Mercy For Animals' executive director, Nathan Runkle, said the cow video was shot between April 28 and Sunday by an undercover worker at the dairy, about 25 miles northwest of Columbus. He said the documented abuse violates Ohio's anti-animal cruelty statute.

 

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  posted on 5/27/2010 at 08:16 PM
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Ohio! One of the three most miserable states to live in. Even for cows.

Not surprised.


Never been there, but I trust you. What are the other two?

[Edited on 5/28/2010 by alloak41]

 

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  posted on 5/27/2010 at 09:14 PM
Hey springerclassic, why don't you talk your sh!t to my face . Considering you don't even have the guts to sign your name to the sh!t you spew on a rock band website I can pretty easily assess what a piece of sh!t you are.
In case you haven't figured it out my name is Mark Ramsey and you can find me in Marysville Ohio. Waiting for your next brave pronouncement, d!ckbreath.

 

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  posted on 5/27/2010 at 09:42 PM
I'm not even going to watch the video.

But seeing Mark Ramsey come unglued...priceless.

 

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  posted on 5/27/2010 at 09:49 PM
At least I don't hide behind some candya$$ screen name and talk sh!t from miles away.

 

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  posted on 5/27/2010 at 10:09 PM
I think he may have been directing that at Fletch Halsey.

 

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  posted on 5/27/2010 at 11:49 PM
I read this in the paper this morning , sickening .

 

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  posted on 5/28/2010 at 05:01 AM
that's some raw milk...
 

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  posted on 5/28/2010 at 01:36 PM
I won't watch it either. Anyone who abuses an animal in any way deserves nothing less than the exact same treatment themselves!!!

 

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  posted on 5/28/2010 at 01:47 PM
I won't watch the video but I can't help but wonder how much compassion a person like this has for humans , if you can treat a defenceless animal with such awful cruelty how much compassion can you really be capable of . Thank heavens the justice system won't tolerate this kind of evil inflicted on animals .

 

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  posted on 5/28/2010 at 01:53 PM
To add something positive to this thread, anyone with HBO has GOT to watch the movie "Temple Grandin."

The humane treatment of domestic livestock is a central topic in this bio-pic (Temple Grandin is a woman's name, it's a true story), and the movie overall is an incredible testament to the human spirit, despite the adversity one might face. If you don't find your eyes getting a little moist once or twice during this movie, I'd be amazed.

 

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  posted on 5/28/2010 at 09:00 PM
Grow a pair . You'll feel better. At least sign your name to your BS. And if you're really feeling adventurous say it to somebody's face(hell will freeze over first).

 

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  posted on 5/29/2010 at 05:06 AM
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I won't watch the video but I can't help but wonder how much compassion a person like this has for humans , if you can treat a defenceless animal with such awful cruelty how much compassion can you really be capable of . Thank heavens the justice system won't tolerate this kind of evil inflicted on animals .


That pretty much says it all for me. And this piece of excrement thinks that he is actually good policeman material?

This creep deserves some serious jail time.

 

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