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3 charged in animal abuse investigation of Fair Oaks Farm

Charges come after graphic videos of animal abuse were released last week.

June 10, 2019 - 3:40 pm

FAIR OAKS, Ind. (KFTK/AP) — Three people are being charged in regards to an investigation of Fair Oaks Farm, a major dairy farm in Indiana, after videos were released last week documenting animal abuse.

The Newton County Sheriff's Office confirmed the charges are for the beating of a vertebrate animal, a Class A misdemeanor, according to the Northwestern Indiana Times.

Animal Recovery Mission said Friday it released the 90-minute video shot at Fair Oaks Farm to counter claims that it had staged the abuse in a shorter video released this week .

The video shows calves being thrown in and out of huts by employees and being kicked in the head and the carcasses of dead calves piled together.

Fair Oaks Farms is the flagship farm for Fairlife, a national brand of higher protein, higher calcium and lower fat milk. At least three retailers have since stopped selling Fairlife products.

A message seeking comment on the longer video was left Friday at Fair Oaks Farms.