Dozens turn out in downtown Indy to protest Fair Oaks Farms

Fair Oaks Farms protesters gather in downtown Indianapolis Wednesday. (WTHR Photo/Mary Milz)
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – Nearly 100 people gathered downtown at West and Washington streets to denounce the animal abuse at Fair Oaks Farms in Northwest Indiana.

Protesters held signs with captions that included, "Stop paying for animal torture," and "Fair Oaks Farms, It's an unfair life."

It came the same day the Miami-based animal welfare group, Animal Recovery Mission, released a third undercover video taken at the farm. This one showing a different area, but similar images.

It shows cows being hit, punched, prodded and shoved into a milking carrousel, some getting caught in the machine. There are also several images of dead cows and calves on the property.


Leslie Olsen who lives in Cicero, brought her two young sons to the protest.

"We're here to stand up for the cows abused and say it needs to stop," Olsen said. "Hopefully we can create change. I'd like to see Fair Oaks shut down."

Denise Rooney, who lives on the south side of Indianapolis also had her two young sons with her.

"It's not just Fair Oaks doing this it's across the board in the dairy industry," Rooney said. "Even though the films are horrible to watch, the more eye-opening it is for families. I had no idea this was going on. I have kids and I don't want them to think this is a way to treat animals."

Eyewitness News reached out to Fair Oaks Farms for comment, but have not heard back as of 6 p.m. Wednesday.