Dairy Farmers Accused of Killing 500,000 Cows


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Jan 24, 2016
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WTF?! Dairy Farmers Accused of Killing 500,000 Cows to Jack Up Dairy Prices
Factory farmers have built an industry around animal abuse, worker exploitation, and environmental destruction, so is it really surprising that they have been ripping their customers off of billions of dollars too? According to a recent series of court cases, that’s exactly what’s happened.

This week, trade groups and companies representing most of the U.S. dairy industry agreed to shell out $52 million to settle a class action antitrust lawsuit against them. The suit was filed after evidence uncovered by Compassion Over Killing showed that these groups—including the National Milk Producers Federation, Dairy Farmers of America, and Land O’Lakes—conspired for years to jack up milk prices, bringing in $9.5 billion in added profit.

How, you ask? By prematurely killing half a million young dairy cows and calves. This horrific plan, cynically dubbed a “herd retirement program,” reduced the supply of milk, causing prices to spike in what the plaintiffs’ lawyer called a “classic price-fixing scheme.”

The dairy industry is hardly an isolated case. Just last Friday, an eerily similar lawsuit was filed accusing more than 90 percent of the chicken meat industry—including companies like Foster Farms, Tyson, and Perdue—of systematically killing off chickens in order to boost prices by as much as 150 percent. Another class action filed against the egg industry back in 2008 on similar grounds is still pending, though several defendants have already settled for a combined total of more than $60 million.
[withering, mocking sarcasm] But.... but... but... people in the dairy and egg industries CARE about their animals!!!! Why would they kill off their animals when they depend on those animals for their own livelihood??? [/withering, mocking sarcasm]

(And yes- I have come across arguments very similar to this one from people defending the use of animals- apparently delivered in seriousness.)