Four charged in abuse of cows on dairy farm

CREATED Feb. 13, 2014 - UPDATED: Feb. 13, 2014

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MILWAUKEE - Undercover video showing cows being kicked, stabbed and abused has four workers at a dairy farm in trouble with the law.  

Investigators watched the undercover video to make a case against the four dairy farmers. 
 
Workers are seen kicking, beating whipping the face and bodies of cows at the Wiese Brothers Farm near Green Bay.
 
Matt Rice leads the investigation team for Mercy for Animals. A member of the animal rights group was hired at the farm and secretly shot the video. 
 
The owners of the 5-thousand cow farm said they were "shocked and saddened" by the video and fired two workers.
 
"We feel this should send a wake up call to the dairy industry that animal abuse won't be tolerated in a civilized society," said Rice.
 
DiGiorno Pizza stopped buying cheese made from milk at the dairy farm. Parent company Nestle tells NBC News,"animal cruelty is never acceptable."    
 
Abelardo Jaimes, Crescencio Pineda, Lucia Martinez, and Misael Monge-Minero now face 11 counts of animal cruelty. 
 
"Sadly we find this type of abuse everywhere we go. We've done more than 26 undercover investigations across the country," said Rice.
 
Rice says Mercy for Animals is pushing for greater awareness on this issue and meeting with a big companies like Nestle to be more vigilant in animal welfare guidelines.