Farm Worker Jailed For Abuse


Farm Worker sentenced to jail for cruelty to Conklin Dairy cows

When Mercy for Animals released an undercover video of Billy Joe Gregg Jr., 25 hitting cows in the face with crowbars, poking cows with pitchforks, breaking their tails, punching defenseless baby calves and kicking them, the nation gasped at such an egregious demonstration of animal cruelty. Friday, at Marysville Municipal Court Gregg pleaded guilty to six counts of animal cruelty. He was given an eighteen month jail sentence, but the judge suspended it to eight months. He is also required to pay a $1000 fine, receive psychological counseling, and will not be allowed contact with animals for the next three years.

Dr. Bernard Rollin, a Distinquished Professor of Animal Studies at Colorado State University viewed the tape and stated, "This is probably the most gratuitous, sustained, sadistic, animal abuse I have ever seen. The video depicts calculated, deliberate cruelty based not on momentary rage, but on taking pleasure through causing pain to cows and calves who are defenseless."

Gregg is the only worker to have faced criminal charges, and in court he apologized but gave no explanation as to his behavior.Gregg was fired the day the video was released.

Nathan Runkle, director for Mercy for Animals stated that "Gregg's punishment is a slap on the wrist compared to the unimaginable suffering endured by the animals who were victims of his malicious abuse. This case should serve as a wake-up call to all compassionate citizens that Ohio must do more to strengthen its animal cruelty laws."

Ohio has some of the weakest animal protection laws in the nation; ranking in 43rd place out of 50. In addition federal laws do not provide protection for farm animals; abuse is rampant in the industry, and there needs to be stricter guidelines. Ohio citizens voted for a Constitutional amendment that created a Livestock Care Standards Board which is intended to "maintain standards of livestock care."


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