Thursday, Oct 5, 2017
dealing with cow abuse on dairy farm
Kenny Torrell, Mercy for Animals/Voice
Brad Genereux, a worker at Chilliwack Cattle Sales—the largest dairy
factory farm in Canada –– was sentenced to 45 days in jail by the
Chilliwack Provincial Law Court after pleading guilty to two counts
of animal cruelty earlier this year.
Genereux is also
prohibited from having custody or care of large animals, such as
pigs, cows, and horses, for 18 months. He is the sixth Chilliwack
worker to receive a jail sentence for the animal abuse revealed
through Mercy For Animals’ groundbreaking investigation.
court made an exception to the terms of Genereux’s probation to
permit him to work at Cederwal Farms, a dairy in Abbotsford, where
his job duties are believed to include custody of cows. This
striking exemption puts animals in harm’s way, considering Genereux
was caught on camera beating a cow with a cane, jabbing a cow in the
face with a metal rake, and punching a cow in her sensitive and
engorged udder, among more than a dozen other violent acts.
cruelty convictions of seven workers and one owner at Canada’s
largest dairy puts the country’s factory farmers on notice: Abuse an
animal, go to jail,” said Krista Hiddema, Mercy For Animals’ vice
president for Canada. “The dairy industry has proved itself
incapable of protecting animals from even the most sadistic cruelty.
Until the Dairy Code of Practice is given the force of law in every
province, cruelty and neglect will run rampant in Canada’s dairy
Genereux’s employment at Cederwal Farms belittles today’s
convictions for egregious and malicious animal cruelty and shows the
low regard Cederwal Farms has for animal welfare.
Genereux and six other Chilliwack Cattle Sales workers have been
sentenced to a combined:
• 227 days in jail
• 5,203 days of probation (prohibition on care or custody of large
Additionally, the company and one of its owners, Wesley Kooyman,
were convicted of animal cruelty and fined approximately $350,000.
Kooyman was sentenced to 365 days of probation.
These landmark sentences mark the first time in Canadian history
that factory farm workers have been sentenced to jail for malicious
animal abuse exposed through an undercover investigation by an
animal protection organization. It’s also the first time the owner
of a Canadian factory farm has been held responsible for animal
cruelty committed by his employees and revealed through a hidden
Genereux’s sentencing follows a hidden-camera exposé by Mercy For
Animals, an international farmed animal protection organization. The
investigation uncovered workers viciously kicking and punching cows;
beating cows with chains, metal pipes, canes, and rakes; and
gleefully poking and squeezing festering wounds of cows suffering
from oozing infections and gruesome injuries.
The cruelty exposed through Mercy For Animals’ footage prompted BC
agricultural minister Norm Letnick to amend the BC Prevention of
Cruelty to Animals Act to incorporate the Dairy Code of Practice.
Mercy For Animals is calling on all provinces to incorporate the
Dairy Code of Practice into their animal cruelty legislation. Giving
the Dairy Code of Practice the force of law will require the dairy
industry to follow basic minimum standards for animal welfare and
help prevent many of the worst abuses documented at Chilliwack
To view the undercover video that led to today’s sentencing, visit
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