My name is Scott.
I’m the undercover investigator who recently exposed sickening cruelty to cows at a DiGiorno pizza cheese supplier.
By now you’ve probably seen my hidden-camera footage. It shows workers beating, kicking, stabbing, and dragging cows with tractors.
What I witnessed at that factory farm will haunt me for the rest of my life.
I want to share with you the story of Abby, one particular cow I grew to adore.
At the factory farm, Abby was known simply as #16207. But to me, this gentle giant was a sweet and loving friend worthy of a name. So I began to call her Abby—but only in private so I wouldn’t blow my cover. When I saw Abby I would scratch her head and she would lick my hand and nuzzle me with affection and curiosity.
One day I saw a co-worker whipping a cow in the face while yelling at her. I approached to see what was happening and noticed that the cow being beaten was stuck between two gate rods, unable to move.
As I got closer, I realized that the downed cow was Abby. The look of terror in her eyes broke my heart as the worker continued to strike Abby over and over again on her face and back.
I wanted to help her, so I grabbed other folks and we worked to get Abby unstuck.
Once she was free, Abby was able to stand up. But she was weak and had problems finding her footing on the dirty concrete flooring.
After that, every time I saw Abby she was cowering from people, trying to avoid abuse.
Now, even though the investigation is over, I can’t get Abby out of my mind.
But she is exactly why I do this difficult work.
Because of my investigation, there is now hope that Abby’s abusers will be brought to justice. And that meaningful policies will be enacted to prevent the type of cruelty she endured.
Mercy For Animals is working overtime right now to pursue criminal prosecution in this case and to make sure that the workers who abused Abby will be held accountable. MFA is also pushing for DiGiorno, the nation’s largest frozen pizza brand, to implement meaningful animal welfare policies that will reduce the suffering of millions of cows like Abby.
As long as there are animals like Abby, I’ll keep working to protect them.
But I can’t do this work alone. I need your help.
Please make a generous, tax-deductible donation today to support my work, and to help me and MFA fight to end cruelty to animals on factory farms.
There has never been a better time to give. A kindhearted MFA supporter has pledged to match—dollar for dollar—all donations made by December 31, to a total of $100,000.
This holiday season, please remember animals like Abby by making a special donation. Your support will bring hope to Abby, and the countless other animals suffering at this very moment on factory farms across America.
If we all band together, we can bring about a future in which all animals receive respect and compassion, including Abby.
MFA Undercover Investigator
P.S. Please help me protect Abby by making a generous, tax-deductible donation today. Remember,all donations made by December 31 will be matched—dollar for dollar.