A new video released by the activist group Mercy for Animals has revealed shocking animal cruelty allegedly taking place at a 2,500-cow dairy farm that supplies cheese to the popular frozen pizza brand DiGiorno's. The video, which shows sick and injured dairy cows and workers kicking and stabbing animals, sparked an online petition demanding that the company drop Wiese Brothers Farms, the Wisconsin-based farm where Mercy for Animals says the footage was shot.
In response to the backlash, Nestlé, which owns DiGiorno, announced this morning that it was dropping Wiese Brothers as a supplier.
"Nestlé is outraged and deeply saddened by the mistreatment of animals shown in this video," Deborah Cross, a company spokeswoman, told NBC. "We will not accept any cheese made with milk from the Wiese Brothers Farm. We do expect all of our suppliers and their suppliers to meet our stringent guidelines."
You can see the video on Mercy for Animals' website. [WARNING: Disturbing images]
UPDATE: Two of the employees featured in the film have been fired, AP reports. Wiese Brothers Farm owner Mark Wiese said that he also assigned another employee to duties that don't involve handling animals after watching the video. Wiese claimed that he was not aware of the abuse until last month.