LETTER: Kooymans need to get cows out of the barn


I read your article (“Crying over spilt milk,” Times, June 19, 2014) with interest.

Firstly, how could the owners not know what was happening in “their place of business”? They must consider the public rather ignorant indeed to actually believe this.

It is their livelihood and they left the cheap labourer, whom is either a family member or maybe an escapee from prison, who knows, to do whatever they pleased at their business? Obviously these guys are druggies or they wouldn’t have such strange, sadistic tendencies.

I am not a protester or a vegan, but to me, it was obvious that this was the acceptable behaviour at work. It was natural for these sick men.

If the Kooymans truly believe and want the public to believe that they “love their animals” so much, then show it. Have farm tours weekly, and show other commercial farms how to do it properly.

It seems you have hired very few employees to care for 3,500-plus cows, so instead of your employees brutalizing your stock, make big changes.

Start with getting your cows out of the barn and grazing on your thousands of acres, that would be a good start to show you really are humane.

Donna Fairweather



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