Wisconsin Dairy Workers Charged with Animal Cruelty

<b class="credit">Mercy for Animals</b>A fallen live cow being dragged by a tractor last December on the Wiese Brothers Farm.
Mercy for AnimalsA fallen live cow being dragged by a tractor last December on the Wiese Brothers Farm.

The video the group Mercy for Animals released last December were, in all senses of the word, brutal. The edited clips allegedly showed dairy cows at the Wiese Brothers Farm being beaten, kicked, whipped, injured, and dragged along the ground by tractors when they were too ill or hurt to move. The images are so disturbing that YouTube makes you sign in as a proof of age.

The video went viral on the Internet, according to radio station WTAQ. And now it appears that four dairy workers have been charged with mistreating animals, according to the Racine Country Journal Times. Abelardo Jaimes, Lucia Martinez, Misael Monge-Minero, and Crescencio Pineda allegedly each faces two or three charges, with each charge carrying a maximum penalty of nine months in prison and a $10,000 fine.