A dairy cow feeds after being milked on a rotary parlour. (Photo: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images)The footage was collected using secret cameras as part of an undercover operation conducted by the animal-rights activist group Mercy For Animals. The humane society wrote Attorney General Suzanne Anton late last year inquiring about the delay but Fricker said the organization has received no reply. "While we appreciate that this case may be complex, the extraordinary delay in Crown counsel's response is concerning," read the humane society's letter, signed by executive director Debra Probert. The B.C. Milk Marketing Board announced days after the video went public that it would not accept milk from Chilliwack Cattle Sales until its operations had been independently audited, and that any of the company's milk currently in its possession would be destroyed.
'Horrifying to watch'The farm's owner, Jeff Kooyman, said at the time the video was "horrifying to watch" and pledged to work with the SPCA on better training for staff. Animal-rights lawyer Anna Pippus was director of legal advocacy with the Canadian branch of Mercy For Animals at the time of the group's investigation and on Thursday called the delay shocking and concerning.
"This was a very serious crime that was unearthed at Chilliwack Cattle Sales and it would be nice to see this given a real priority by Crown prosecutors," said Pippus, now the director of farmed-animal advocacy at Animal Justice Canada. "It's been a very long time that they've been saying, 'It's just around the corner, it's just around the corner.'" Justice Ministry spokesman Dan McLaughlin said in an email Thursday that a decision from the Crown was forthcoming.
"It would be nice to see this given a real priority by Crown prosecutors."
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