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Vegan activists protest at Bath farm which suffered ‘unacceptable’ animal abuse Bath City News

A group of vegan activists protested at a Bath farm over the weekend where they had already filmed the ‘unacceptable’ treatment of cows.

Animal Justice Project visited the Bath Soft Cheese Company Park Farm in Kelston, near Bath, on Saturday December 11.

About 40 activists took to the site where a shocking video they filmed was revealed last month, which appears to show a farm worker “kicking” a cow.

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Claire Palmer, director of the Animal Justice Project, said: “Forty activists were in attendance at Saturday’s event.

“It follows that Bath Soft Cheese apparently does nothing to address our findings, other than fire a worker and claim he has public viewing windows.

“Windows that clearly did not prevent animal abuse and suffering. The farm confirmed that it continues to send calves to slaughter – dropping off babies as young as a few days old at a dealer where they can wash their hands of it.

“Bath Soft Cheese may have received industry accolades, but they seem unable to protect the animals in their ‘care’, or even notice that things are really not going well.

“Surveys like ours exist to show the public the painful reality of dairy cows and their calves; and that they can’t even trust organic farms to do the right thing. The huge increase in veganism in Britain indicates that people are, in fact, taking matters into their own hands. into their own hands by dropping dairy products en masse and choosing compassion over cruelty. “

Protesters at the farm on Saturday December 11 (Image: Animal Justice Group)

Farm owner Hugh Padfield said he was “horrified” by the footage, which was filmed between March and September this year, and said a staff member was fired after his disclosure.

After seeing the video, the farm owner said it showed moments of “unacceptable” behavior from one staff member and the rest of the staff cared deeply about the animals.

The farm said in a statement that the protest group was trying to prevent people from enjoying their award-winning cheeses.

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Bath Soft Cheese said: “One of the main vegan protesters at the protest said over the loudspeaker to Hugh Padfield, the farmer who runs Bath Soft Cheese:” We are not here for animal welfare We’re here because we want you to give up dairy products and grow plant-based foods. ”

“The vegan protesters are trying to force the rest of society to adopt vegan diets, trying to prevent people from enjoying our award-winning organic cheese this Christmas.

“As we have said before, anyone familiar with Bath Soft Cheese and Park Farm will know that we strive to be as open and transparent as possible, allowing the public to see farm operations seven days a week and inviting to discuss organic milk manufacturing and artisanal cheese making.

“We have created an unusual level of public access to ensure that we maintain the highest standards of welfare on our farm and we expect our staff to adhere to these standards at all times.

“We remain in constant dialogue with all of our customers. Wholesale customers regularly visit and audit our site and all who have done so have been pleased that we maintain high standards of animal welfare on the farm.

“Through the loyalty and understanding of our customers, we hope to sell all of the cheese we have made so that people can enjoy this Christmas. “

Video shows a member of staff slapping, punching and kicking cows, as well as hitting them with plastic pipes around the hindquarters, legs and udders .

The video also shows the separation of the calves from their mothers, leading some animals to whimper.

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