DiGiorno, supplier drop dairy farm over abuse

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Associated Press

Posted on December 10, 2013 at 9:02 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 11 at 1:00 AM

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Top-selling frozen pizza brand DiGiorno and its cheese supplier are cutting ties with a Wisconsin dairy farm after an animal rights group released video showing workers beating, kicking, stabbing and whipping sick and injured cows.

Wiese Brothers Farm owner Mark Wiese says he fired two employees and assigned another to duties that don't involve handling animals.

Video shot in October and November by an activist with Mercy For Animals show cows that can't stand being dragged with ropes and heavy equipment or lifted with hooks. Workers whip, kick and stab other cows to get them moving.

The group is calling on DiGiorno and its parent company Nestle USA to adopt a tougher animal welfare policy.

Nestle says it will no longer accept cheese made from Wiese Brothers' milk.

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