Surprise! Fair Oaks Won’t Answer Questions
(UPDATE: Fair Oaks has actually answered some of these questions and admitted sending young mother cows and adolescent male babies to be slaughtered. We will publish an article about it.)
Fair Oaks posted an update about their animal welfare efforts on their Facebook page yesterday. They have subsequently been deleting dozens of legitimate comments and questions from people concerned about the treatment of their animals. They want you to believe they value transparency, but they continue to hide things from the public and shirk the questions. To our knowledge owner Mike McCloskey has not done a single live interview since the undercover videos were released two months ago. Why is it so hard to answer live questions rather than release scripted YouTube and Facebook videos?
This follows years of deceptive marketing (there are at least two federal lawsuits against FairLife for marketing their products as humane) where they show you only what they want you to see. When the undercover footage was released in June it showed animals being treated in the most horrific ways. Fair Oaks was also caught lying about not sending their baby calves to veal farms.
They want people to feel better because they have hired animal welfare experts to advise them and because they installed cameras on their farms. More on that below.
Here are some of the questions that Fair Oaks has been deleting and refuses to answer. These do not violate any of their stated rules.
Are your female cows sent to slaughter? If so, at what age are they typically slaughtered?
You say male calves are sent off to be raised to over 1000 lbs. At about what age are these young cows killed?
What percentage of mother cows are “downed” or die on your farm?
Do you deny that baby calves naturally have a desire to be near their mothers and vice versa?
Can the public have access to live feeds of all the cameras on the farm?
In the ARM (undercover) videos it was clear that your milking lines and equipment cause frequent slips, falls and injuries. Have you stopped using all that equipment?
Have you killed any healthy mother cows as a result of the decline in demand since the undercover videos were released? (By killed, we don’t meant you have necessarily done it yourself, but sent them to slaughter.)
These questions are not trolling, inflammatory or rude in any way. They are questions that people who care about animals would legitimately have. Why is Fair Oaks deleting them and banning people from their page who ask them? The answer is self explanatory:
If they gave honest answers to these questions it would make them look bad.
They want you to come to their Dairy Adventure to see the animals up close and marvel at how adorable they are and how nice the whole process appears. But they don’t want to talk about the breaking of maternal bonds or the slaughter of mothers and babies because no amount of animal welfare measures will stop the worst cruelties of all.