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UPDATE: 2 plead not guilty to abusing cows

UPDATED Tuesday, March 4, 2014 --- 12:06 p.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Two of the four people charged with mistreating cows while working at a Brown County dairy farm have pleaded not guilty to charges.

Abelardo Jaimes and Misael Monge-Minero entered the pleas in court Tuesday at their initial court appearances. WLUK-TV says a third defendant, Crescencio Pineda, was also in court, but his appearance was continued while he seeks a public defender. A fourth defendant, Lucia Martinez, will be in court later this month.

The four were charged with misdemeanors after an animal rights group released secretly recorded video that showed employees beating injured cows. The video by Mercy For Animals showed workers at Wiese Brothers Farm beating, kicking, stabbing and whipping sick and injured cows. Farm owner Mark Wiese says he has taken additional steps to ensure proper treatment of the animals.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Thursday, February 13, 2014 --- 12:43 p.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Four Wisconsin dairy farm workers have been charged with mistreating animals after an animal rights group released secretly recorded video.

Video released in December by the animal rights group Mercy For Animals showed workers at Wiese Brothers Farm beating, kicking, stabbing and whipping sick and injured cows.

Farm owner Mark Wiese told The Associated Press then that he had fired two workers and reassigned a third to duties that didn't involve animals. He did not immediately return a message left Thursday for comment on the charges.

Four dairy farm workers were charged Tuesday in Brown County with multiple counts of mistreating animals. Each count is punishable by up to nine months in prison.

The four are scheduled to appear in court in Green Bay on March 4. They do not have attorneys listed in online court records.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, December 10, 2013 --- 6:20 p.m.

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.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, December 10, 2013 --- 4:24 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A Wisconsin dairy farm owner says he did not learn of abusive practices on his farm until a few weeks ago and he's still shaken up by it.

Mark Wiese and his brother own Wiese Brothers Farm in Greenleaf, Wis.

The animal rights group Mercy For Animals released video Tuesday showing workers hitting, kicking, stabbing and whipping sick and injured cows. The video was taken in October and November.

Wiese says he became aware of the abuse when he received an email in late November that included the video.

He says all the employees in the video were assigned to work with sick animals that had problems moving. Two were fired.

Wiese says a supervisor is now being called whenever an animal goes down to oversee its care.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Tuesday, December 10, 2013 --- 12:18 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A Wisconsin dairy farm says it has fired two employees and barred a third from handling animals after video shot by an undercover activist showed workers hitting, kicking, stabbing and whipping cows.

The animal rights group Mercy For Animals released the video Tuesday. Director of Investigations Matt Rice says it was shot in October and November at Wiese Brothers Farm in Greenleaf, Wis.

Footage has been turned over to the Brown County Sheriff's Office. Capt. David Konrath says his department is investigating the group's allegations of abuse.

The farm also faces business repercussions. It supplies milk to cheesemaker Foremost Farms, which sells to Nestle USA, maker of DiGiorno frozen pizza.

Nestle spokeswoman Deborah Cross says her company has asked Foremost not to send it cheese made from Wiese Brothers' milk.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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