Whether you care to admit it or not, we’re all probably at least a little bit happy about this news update. Regardless of who committed the cruel acts at E6 Ranch, someone needed to be charged and punished for the inexecusable acts.
About two weeks ago (yes, I am this far behind on my blogging) Dairy Herd Network’s email newsletter informed me that seven people, including ranch owner Kirt Espenson, had been charged in the E6 Ranch case. Bravo. Espenson was charged with Class A Misdemeanor animal cruelty (he wasn’t engaged in the acts on video) and the six employees charged with felony animal cruelty. If found guilty, which in all actuality should and probably will happen, the felony charge carries a two year jail sentence and the misdemeanor charge is a one year jail stint.
Nathan Runkle, executive director of Mercy For Animals, said “We hope that this case and the action by law enforcement sends a strong message to the dairy industry that animal cruelty will not be tolerated.” Espenson told officials that he had fired four employees over the horrible acts and hired a professional trainer to lead training programs in humane handling and proper euthanasia.
Thus far, I’ve been unsuccessful at finding out a court date, as dockets weren’t available for most of July and August. But I’ll be sure to keep the blogging world updated on the goings on of this case. It’s essential that the world knows that farmers and ranchers don’t tolerate or condone this type of behavior and that it is not the norm in our industry.
What are your thoughts? Do you think justice is being served appropriately? I’m anxious to hear feedback on this one.
Until next time (I promise it won’t be another 8 days before my next post),
~ Buzzard ~