The founder of Fair Oaks Farms in northwest Indiana is responding to an undercover video showing animal abuse at the agritourism destination. In a statement on Facebook, Mike McCloskey says the Fair Oaks employees involved have been terminated, and the attraction has undergone retraining on animal care.
The video, taken by nonprofit Animal Recovery Mission, shows calves being kicked and the bodies of dead calves being piled together. McCloskey says he is "disgusted by and take full responsibility for the actions seen in the footage." He says the video involves four employees, who have been terminated, and one third-party truck driver.
In his statement, McCloskey says suggestions from the video that the farm grows and sells drugs is false. He says it shows plants that are "an invasive perennial species that is rampant on farms all over the Midwest." He adds an individual seen doing drugs in a truck was turned in by his co-workers, and their manager filed a police report.
You can see McCloskey’s full statement by clicking here.
Fair Oaks Farms is located on the edge of Jasper and Newton counties. It attracts more than 500,000 visitors each year.