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JANUARY 2, 2020 - Last Chance for Animals conducted an undercover investigation into the practices at Escarpment's Edge Dairy (EED), a goat farm in Caledon, Ontario, in the fall and winter of 2018, where the owner and former director of the Ontario Goat Breeder's Association raises goats and has supplied products to Hewitt's Dairy, a member of the Gay Lea Foods Co-operative.

LCA's investigator witnessed goats being dragged and pulled by their legs, goats crawling on their knees with overgrown hooves and goats with lesions and infections.  Inadequate fencing and dangerous conditions resulted in goats escaping from their pens and one goat falling into a pit.  Baby goats, separated from their mothers were heard crying out at the farm. On one occasion, the owner of Escarpment's Edge Dairy told LCA's investigator that he "may have done some damage in there" in regards to a baby goat when he was tube feeding it. 

Warning: Video contains graphic footage.

The owner admitted to treating one goat by injecting penicillin into her vein.  Penicillin is to be injected intramuscularly only and can be fatal when injected into veins. 

Dead goats were left untreated around the farm. LCA's investigator observed goats getting their heads trapped in fencing while other goats in the same enclosures looked on. One goat died while trapped in a fence.  A suspected listeriosis outbreak was observed during the investigation. The owner told LCA's investigator there was nothing they could do.

In the milking parlor, goats could be seen with the placenta still hanging from them.

The unimaginable suffering that these animals experience for humans' unnecessary consumption of their products is nothing less than deplorable.


Due to concerns about the care and wellbeing of the animals at Escarpment’s Edge Dairy, LCA filed complaints with the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA), the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Farm and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).

The complaint was filed based on concerns that Escarpments Edge Dairy may not have met certain standards of care prescribed by the OSPCA Act as well as certain standards under the Recommended Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Farm Animals – goats.


The complaint included concerns about potential violations of standards in regard to:

  • Animals being permitted to suffer,
  • Mistreatment of animals,
  • Inadequate medical attention,
  • Inadequate hoof care,
  • Spoiled and contaminated food and,
  • Inadequate fencing causing animals to escape, become trapped and causing injury, pain or distress.

The complaint also included concerns about Escarpment’s Edge Dairy’s meeting OMAFRA’s regulations with respect to the handling of deadstock.



Due to lack of funding and government support, the OSPCA announced, after 100 years, they will no longer investigate livestock complaints after June 2019, and forwarded the complaint to the Ontario Provincial Police.

The Ontario Provincial Police and OMAFRA, inspected Escarpment’s Edge Dairy multiple times as a result of LCA’s complaint.

At the time of this release, no charges have been laid against Escarpment’s Edge Dairy.

LCA is following up on additional information regarding the results of these inspections from OMAFRA at the time of this release.



Gay Lea Foods states the following on their website: "We are committed to promoting high standards of care and welfare on Canadian dairy farms, and are fully supportive of a strong animal welfare system that includes scientifically informed codes of practice for animal care and handling."

They also claim they will sever ties with farmers who do not comply: "Gay Lea Foods/Hewitt's also reserves the right to permanently discontinue any purchasing agreement with any individual dairy goat farm/farmer during and/or after a confirmed credible case of animal neglect or abuse. Provincial dairy farm organizations likewise reserve the right to suspend the license of any individual dairy farm or farmer when a credible case of neglect or abuse has been confirmed."



1. Urge the Government of Ontario to act and form a qualified organization to enforce animal protection laws in Ontario immediately. The need is urgent with the OSPCA no longer investigating cases involving farm animals and the Ontario Provincial Police having limited resources and training to handle matters of animal cruelty. 

  • Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario

         Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | Twitter: @fordnation

2. Contact Gay Lea Foods and pressure them to stand by their commitment to promoting high standards of animal welfare and ask them not to do business with Escarpment's Edge Dairy. 

  • Head Office Gay Lea Foods: 1-800-268-0508
  • Michael Barret, President, and CEO, Co-Operative Ltd.

         Twitter: @59Studebaker | Address: 5200 Orbitor Dr., Mississauga, Ontario, L4W 5B4

3.  Boycott products sold under the Gay Lea brand name: Ivanhoe, Salerno, Hewitt's, Black River, Lacteeze, Nordica, Franco's, Longlife, Churn 84, Gos and Gris.


baby goats separated from mothers
Baby goats separated from mothers
dead baby goat
Dead baby goat
dead goat in manure
Dead goat in manure
dead goat number 1297
Dead goat #1297
dirty drinking water
Dirty drinking water
goat caught in fencing
Goat caught in fencing
goat fallen into open pit
Goat fallen into open pit
goat pulled by leg
Goat pulled by leg
goat with head injury
Goat with head injury
goat with tube down throat
Goat with tube down throat
infected goat teat being milked
Infected goat teat being milked
overgrown hooves 1
Overgrown hooves
placenta still attached
Placenta still attached
Potentially contaminated hay
Potentially contaminated hay 
 Sores on goat
Sores on goat
 Walking on knees overgrown hooves
Walking on knees with overgrown hooves

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