Jamie Lee Curtis and Christopher Guest posted an open letter to Conklin Dairy Farms—the site where barbaric animal abuse was captured on video by a Mercy For Animals investigator.
The footage obtained at the dairy farm located in Plain City, Ohio reveals horrors including workers violently punching calves in the face, beating cows with crowbars, stabbing cows in the legs and stomach with pitchforks, and twisting the tails of cows until the bone snaps.
In the letter, Curtis and Guest explain that their daughter was “overcome with grief that human beings could inflict such cruelty and unconscious hatred at the most benign of creatures and their infants. The shocking images were too much for her father and me but we watched enough to know where it led. ”
The couple asks the dairy farm’s owner, Gary Conklin, if he has shown the video to his children and suggests that he attend classes where he is “taught kindness and compassion for all beings.”
“We challenge you to have the courage, as the brave person who filmed this did, to open your doors and your hearts. Become the standard for safety and kindness and actually change — change your mental state and spend the rest of your lives, and the lives of your descendants, trying to make your farm the leader in humane, clean, loving treatment of the very animals you profit from. You have the opportunity. Certainly one more than those helpless victims of your sick, tortured abuse.”
The couple’s full letter can be read at Huffington Post.
I always say, “Once you know, you can’t unknow.” The Conklin Dairy Farms case is not an isolated incident, therefore one must wonder what kind of torture has been endured by the animals who supply Dannon Activia—the company Jamie Lee Curtis represents as a spokesperson. In the letter to Conklin Dairy Farms Curtis says, “There are moments in all our lives where we face our deepest, darkest truths.” I hope the actress takes her words to heart and reconsiders her relationship with Dannon.
Watch the Mercy For Animals undercover investigation. Warning, the footage is extremely graphic.