Times-News: Dairymen Say They Need To Be Proactive To Stop Abuse


In a special report written for the May 5 edition of Twin Falls Times-News, dairy industry officials conceded that they needed to do a better job in the wake of last fall's scandal at a Magic Valley dairy, where hidden video captured workers slapping, hitting and stomping on animals. The video footage was captured at Bettencourt Dry Creek Dairy in Hansen. After being made aware of the footage, Bettencourt owner Luis Bettencourt said he fired all of the employees seen in the video.

"We fired all five employees, we put video cameras in the barns to monitor activity 24 hours a day, and hired an extra supervisor," he told Boise Weekly. "We showed the video to all the other help who work in the facilities. We're taking the steps necessary to make sure it doesn't happen again."

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"If you're an employee, you help stop that," Bob Naeebout, executive director of the Idaho Dairymen's Association told the Times-News. "You don't just watch."

New warning signs, explaining guidelines for animal welfare, are expected to be installed at Idaho dairies, funded by the Idaho Beef Council and the Idaho Dairymen's Association.