The Dairy Industry

The Dairy Dilema

Farm animals are the most abused yet the least protected species of animals on this planet and one of the most disturbing and inhumane industries regarding farm animals today is the dairy and veal industry. With undercover investigations on the behind the scenes in animal slaughter and dairy plants, educational programs and social media storms,

Dairy cows are kept hooked up to milking machines for

60% of the time. They are deprived from the outdoors

for most of their lives.

people across the globe are now becomming more educated and conscious of their intake of dairy and animal by-products, as well as the truth behind their operations.

However, the world is changing. Here are a few facts about the dairy industry and some ways to encourage people to make individual steps, to not only consuming less dairy products and helping improve animal welfare, but also to aid in their own health.

Newborn calves are torn from their mothers hours

from birth and confined to veal crates.

First, a highlight of the sad facts. did you know:

FACT: Like humans, dairy cows must give birth in order to produce milk for her baby. They also carry their young for nine months.

FACT: Unlike humans who are allowed to rear and bond with their babies, dairy cows are separated often within an hour of birth. The cow is left distressed and panicked and the baby is locked away in a cramped veal crate. The males live a few months (if lucky) before being slaughtered for their meat and the females (a percentage) face the same fate as their mothers.

FACT: The dairy cows are constantly kept pregnant and are continually artificially inseminated to produce milk for people to drink.

FACT: Cows today,are forced to be milked 3-4 times a day and produce up to an astonishing 12 times more milk than they would naturally produce for their calf.

FACT: 90% of dairy cows are confined indoors and hooked to milking machines 60% of the time.Because of the due hardship and stress of constant pregnancy, perpetual lactation and un-natural confinement, the life span of a dairy cows is reduced from a natural 20-25 years down to 4 to 5 years of age. Once they cant produce milk at the high expectations, their tired bodies are slaughtered for their meat.

FACT: The veal industry is considered as a by product of the dairy industry. With continual births, there is a surplus of babies.

FACT: Cows are also given hormone producing drugs that can cause cancer and serious health effects in humans. They also cause painful mastitis in the cow herself.

FACT: Humans are the ONLY mammals that drink milk after they are weaned.

But there is great news !!

You have the ability to make a difference by cutting down on your consumption, or eliminating it all together. And there are alot of health benefits too. There are also many health misconceptions that many medical journals and professors are conducting studies on the adverse effects of dairy in your diet.

Read more here:

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ARM Investigates Animal Torture Case

May 13th, 2016

Just days ago, a post appeared up on Facebook, one that Logan Carr Allen had no idea would spark an international outrage. To Logan, it was just another day and he wanted to share what he was proud of. Except, once the images broke into the public his activities revealed major crimes that he had comitted on a helpless Quarter Horse, named ‘Prickly Pear’.

Logan titled the post as ‘Bad Boy’, and although his story has changed several times from training the horse to a technique known as a ‘lay down’ to trying to wash mud off of his horse when ‘Prickly’ started to misbehave then also steered to teaching his horse not be scared of water. None of these answers have depicted anything other than extreme animal abuse.

What was revealed to the world instead of ‘training’, was disturbing images that shocked the world as Logan used a torture method known as ‘water boarding’. A technique more accustomed to encounters of extreme method used on prisoners to fall into submission. But this 3 year old colt was no prisoner or threat and whilst Logan has defended himself as simply using a traditional ‘old age’ technique amongst cowboys, this was anything but training.

Prickly was initially hogtied so that he was restricted from resisting against the torture then he was subjected to a constant flow of water over his face and body and told ‘ bad boy’. After that, photos showed the horse covered in a tarp and water flodded over him. This technique caused not only discomfort from the rough ropes that tightly bound the horse, but as the water pounds onto the tarp it restricts the animals breathing (similar to drowning) and can cause suffocation and even death. Aside the physical torture that this horses endured, the severe mental abuse is even more damaging.

By Iowa State law, the criminal acts performed on ‘Prickly’ are listed are determined as animal abuse and animal torture. Whilst weaker in the State of Iowa compared to others where the same crimes are considered a felony act, they are both considered as aggravated misdemenors and consider jail time with fines.

Waterboarding is a form of water torture in which water is poured over a cloth covering the face and breathing passages of an immobilized captive, causing the individual to experience the sensation of drowning. Waterboarding can cause extreme pain, dry drowning, damage to lungs, brain damage from oxygen deprivation, other physical injuries including broken bones due to struggling against restraints, lasting psychological damage, and death.[1] Adverse physical consequences can manifest themselves months after the event, while psychological effects can last for years.[2] wikipedia

However, even after the footage went viral, no arrests were made, and shockingly STILL are not being made. Infact from the County Attorney’s office and the Sheriff’s office (who refuses to comment on this case), this is an ongoing investigation. This has been the only response that is repeated.

ARM is continuing to investigate this case on a State and Federal level, despite the resistance of the local law Sheriff’s Department of Mills County and the county attorney’s offices, to prosecute these crime.

Logan is also under fire for Bull baiting and causing torment and distress to a minature horses in previous post of Facebook. His account has since been disabled.

ARM has also contacted the leading equine and animal protection agencies and associations who are now launching their own independent investigations. They will review their evaluation publicly and will be updated on this page. None of these organizations consider Logan Allen’s methods as ‘training’ or condone it and were all appalled by its use. It is ARM’s mission to discredit and ensure the banning of Logan Allen from any horse training involvement, breeding, selling or competing in any equine sport.

These include;

The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA)
The Iowa Quarter Horse Association (IQHA)
The American Horse Council
The Iowa Horse Committee
The Professional Rodeo Association
The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA)
The National Snaffle Bit Association

More updates will be uploaded here as they unfold.

Leading News Story of Logan Allen’s rebuttal.

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Animal Killer and abuser – Jorge Garcia Sentenced following undercover investigations.

Victory! Violent Animal Killer sentenced and incarcerated!

“The sentencing in the Rancho Garcia case was ground breaking and set first time case law in the state of Florida. For this, ARM as an animal defense & welfare organization, is grateful to all parties whom contributed to the successful closure of this case. “

-Richard Couto

On March 26th, 2016, Jorge Garcia, owner and mastermind behind the illegal animal slaughter house ‘Rancho Garcia’,was served his final sentencing at the Palm Beach County Courthouse. This lead to a grand victory for ARM and its tireless efforts to ensure maximum jail time and a harsher penalty for these crimes then he had previously been handed.

The sentence followed last months trial where a panel of jurors found Garcia guilty on all four counts of animal cruelty charges after viewing ARM’s undercover footage of its six months investigations. The jury also listened tentatively to testaments from veterinarians and agents, who stated their expert opinions and personal accounts of the cruelty that hundreds of animals encountered at the hands of Garcia and his employees.

Garcia has been incarcerated in the county jail since the verdict. Click here to learn more about this investigation.

The honorable Judge, Samantha Schosberg Feuer, listened to the final witness statements of ARM’s Founder / Investigator Richard Couto and Palm Beach County’s seasoned animal cruelty investigator, Jen Batchelor as they expressed their request for maximum sentence to Garcia for the torture and abuse he had handed countless animals over the past 20 years. Ms Batchelor begged the judge to serve what was fitting after the numerous calls and complaints she had received on the Garcia property over her tenure time with ACC. Richard Couto stated that :

“The violence that ARM witnessed during our undercover investigations was difficult for even my most seasoned investigators. what we saw… the way Garcia treated the animals with such disrespect, even enjoying the torture (of the animals) as they butchered them shocked us all to our core. Animals were eating off of each other, they were emaciated and deathly sick….”

Defense Attorney, Andrew Stine then called upon his sole witness, Nestor Garcia, who stated he had been to the farm multiple times and seen nothing but the animals treated the same way as he does. Alarmingly he admitted that the method in which Garcia was killing his animals was the same as he himself killed animals. Instantly putting the entire courtroom and judge on edge. He even stated that :

“I was waiting for ARM to come and knock on my door.”

After a brief recess, the judge returned to execute her final decision .She stated that the conditions on the farm were deplorable and other animals besides the ones displayed in evidence for the jury, were tortured and brutalized as well. Prior to her penalty decision, she stated:

“I have thought a lot about second chances, but in this case I dont believe that you (Garcia) can ever be rehabilitated because you see nothing wrong with what your doing, despite the fact Garcia has already had his second chance yet went straight back to what he was doing. … It is time that you (Garcia) starts taking responsibility for your actions”.

Judge Schosberg Feuer also referred to the defendants witness and his closing statement, stating that:

“With the testimony or not about slaughter (Nestor Garcias closing statement), it doesn’t mean it is legal… Animals can’t report their pain and feelings through verbal communications…..the farm was in deplorable conditions and the animals lived in squalor “

The judge then sentenced animal killer Jorge Garcia to 365 days in jail with no eligibility of house arrest. Once out of jail, he will not be allowed ownership of animals, cannot slaughter animals, reside with anyone who has animals or literally have any interaction, contact or involvement with any species of animal including his own dog. The judge also ordered that Garcia take a mandatory 10 hour training course of the humane treatment of animals. Garcia will not be allowed to carry or posses firearms and will receive random inspections from law enforcement.

Garcia remained emotionless throughout the Judges closing, even after their was an outburst in the courtroom of Garcia’s father who was sitting behind ARM in the courtroom. At the final reading Garcia’s father attempted to raise his walking cane to the back of Richard Couto’s head and had to be monitored by the court marshals.

The diligence of the State Attorneys was well observed throughout the trail and the innocent animals now received justice for their suffering.

ARM wishes to express it’s gratitude to State Attorney Judith Arco and Jo Wolinsky, the Palm Beach County Sheriffs Office and to Animal Care and Control for working on this case! SA Judith Arco displayed composed emotion and dedication to the closing statements and stated that:

“The State is under no illusion that he (Garcia) wouldn’t go back and do what he’s been doing all his life, cause he sees nothing wrong with it. People don’t change like this”.

This is an example of what can come if you abuse, torture and kill animals in this manner, and is just the first case out of several from the illegal operations which were raided by ARM and Law enforcement in October 2015.

On July 26th, 2016, the case of Rathibum (Medina Slaughter Farm) is set to appear in court for his trail and conviction., Medina Farms was the second of the three illegal animal slaughter farms raided alongside Rancho Garcia.

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BREAKING NEWS: Jury is unanimous on finding Jorge Garcia guilty on four counts of animal cruelty

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Jury finds Jorge Garcia of Rancho Garcia illegal animal slaughter farm, guilty of four counts of animal cruelty

Today, March 30, 2016, was the second and last day of trial for Jorge Garcia, owner and main operator of the illegal animal slaughter farm, “Rancho Garcia”. Trial for Garcia commenced yesterday, March 29, 2016 with the honorable judge Samantha Schosberg Feuer residing. Both Garcia’s defense attorney, Andrew Stein and the State Attorney, Judith Arco, presented their cases to the jury along with witness testimonies.

Evidence collected and shown to the jury was Animal Recovery Mission’s undercover investigation which clearly displayed the blatant lack of respect Garcia and his employees have for animals lives by inflicting every form of extreme torture upon them. The manner in which Garcia and his employees slaughtered the animals were extremely cruel, ruthless and most importantly illegal and Inhumane. ARM’s undercover video evidence of the illegal slaughter was presented by Arco, along with the testimonies of ARM’s undercover investigator and expert veterinarian, both claiming that the animals deaths were drawn out, Inhumane, and do not support the legal means of slaughter. Andrew Stein made several false accusations towards ARM’s reason behind it’s investigations and included that the way in which the animals were killed were humane and followed the laws guidelines of slaughter for consumption or religion. According to state law however, Garcia and his employees did not render the animals insensible to pain prior to the slaughtering which makes for illegal means of animal slaughter for human consumption and any religious purposes. Following these allegations, Stine did not display proper evidence to support his claims and chose not to provide any witness testimonies.

Garcia, being the owner of Rancho Garcia and the advisor of his employees means that the principle theory is at play in this case. Garcia does not have to be present at the time of the crime and can still be found guilty of the crime that is carried out by his employee in which he he oversees on the property that he owns and manages.

Garcia was being tried on two counts of animal cruelty with intent to kill and two counts of animal cruelty by not rendering the animals insensible to pain prior to slaughter.

After 2 days of trial, the jury has come to a final guilty verdict for the brutal animal slaughterer, Jorge Garcia. The jury finds the defendant, Jorge Garcia, guilty to all four counts of animal cruelty charged against him. Judge Schosberg Feuer has decided to grant 30 days before the sentence hearing, during which Garcia will be in jail awaiting the hearing.

Garcia was remanded immediately following the verdict by the judge with a sentencing scheduled for 30 days. Garcia will remain in county jail until that time. His lawyer, Andrew Stine intends to appeal the courts ruling and more updates will be seen here.

However today, this ruling is a major victory for ARM. It is a proof that the evidence that ARM works so tirelessly to obtain, is paying off for its convictions by the judicial system.

To learn more about the investigation, raid and animal rescue of Rancho Garcia, click here:

Garcia’s employee and ‘butcher’, Rafael Ramirez, still remains set to appear in court in May of 2016. He faces the same charges as Garcia. However, Ramirez also faces serious charges of killing horses and selling their meat for human consumption.

Rathibum from Medina Farms, who was also a part of ARM’s lengthy undercover investigations in 2015, still faces his convictions also scheduled for May. He had originally hired Andrew Stine also as his lawyer but fired him after the audio and video suppression was denied.

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