St Helen’s Farm launches animal cruelty investigation as three people are dismissed at one of its suppliers
Seaton Ross based St Helen’s Farm has launched an investigation following claims of animal cruelty at one of the sites that supplies milk to the company.
A video obtained by animal rights group Surge allegedly shows goats being kicked and punched by farm workers at one of the firm’s milk suppliers.
The company has confirmed that three people have been dismissed for gross misconduct and that an independent inquiry will take place at Far Marsh Farm, near Ottringham.
The successful producer sells goat’s milk, butter, cheese and yoghurts to a number of UK shops and supermarkets.
As well as running its own herd of goats, St Helen’s Farm also receives milk from a number of other venues across the region.
Surge is an organisation that is determined to create a world where compassion towards all non-human animals is the norm.
A statement on the St Helen’s Farm website said: “On Sunday, July 26 we received disturbing footage that showed some employees at Far Marsh Farm, one of eight farms that supplies St Helen’s Farm with goats’ milk, seriously breaching animal welfare standards.
“We find this utterly unacceptable and extremely distressing and cannot understand why any individual would treat animals like this.
“We took immediate action by stopping the supply from Far Marsh Farm and launched a thorough investigation that is now well underway.
“We have been informed that three employees have already been dismissed for gross misconduct.
“We can also confirm that an independent investigation is being carried out at this farm.
“All farms that supply us with milk are required to comply with a rigorous code of conduct, are audited regularly and hold several animal welfare accreditations.
“The behaviours shown in the footage are totally unacceptable and we are reviewing why this was not picked up earlier and what additional measures are needed to protect animal welfare going forward.”