Is Your Pizza Topped with Cruelty?September 23, 2014
Frequent readers of this blog know that I have no use for industries that derive their money from cruelty, whether to people or animals. I’m writing today to help publicize what appear to be particularly abusive conditions at the dairy farms who supply Leprino Foods, reportedly the world’s largest mozzerella cheese maker. According to SliceofCruelty.com, Leprino is a major cheese supplier for Domino’s, Pizza Hut and Papa John’s.
Please take a moment to visit SliceofCruelty.com’s website, where you can see firsthand video taken undercover at the dairy farms that provide milk to Leprino Foods. It’s not easy to watch workers torture sick and injured cows, but it’s important to know just how much pain is involved in the production of the cheese that tops your pizza. And, while SliceofCruelty.com doesn’t specifically mention it, I think it’s important to point out that the dairy workers who appear to be viciously beating the cows in the video don’t look especially happy, either. If those workers think it’s necessary to abuse the cows to get their jobs done, I’d bet the rent that someone higher up in management is abusing them pretty badly, too.
I’ve signed a Change.org petition calling on Leprino Foods to stop the abuses, and hope you will, too. SliceofCruelty.com is encouraging visitors to go vegan. Maybe that’s more than you can manage, but please consider switching to locally-farmed, certified cruelty-free dairy products and cheeses. Write to your legislators about animal abuse in the dairy industry, and consider joining the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s efforts to change federal laws that allow barbarism down on the farm.
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