Chilliwack, BC – Following the release of footage showing employees abusing animals, the Chilliwack Cattle Company is taking immediate action to ensure their animals remain safe.
“As a company we were not given a chance to view the footage until it aired on television tonight,” says Jeff Kooyman co-owner of the farm. “Now that it has aired we are taking immediate action to terminate all employees involved as well as take several steps to ensure that this type of abuse never happens again.”
Chilliwack Cattle Company will be working with the BC SPCA and regulatory authorities to implement longer periods of training for new employees, as well as put all current employees through animal welfare training. Further to this, the company will be installing closed circuit cameras to ensure round the clock security for the cows.
“We deeply apologize for what happened,” continues Kooyman. “We cannot stress further how much the actions of these young men have shocked our family. This does not reflect at all on the care or respect our family has for animals and we will do everything necessary to make sure this never happens again.”
Media are invited to tour the Chilliwack Cattle Sales family farm on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Interviews with Jeff Kooyman will be made available upon request.
Address: 47749 Prairie Central Road, Chilliwack, B.C. The office is located at the east side of the property.