There are some major issues with what they claim to be showing you and what you are actually seeing. There’s a good explanation here. For one thing, PETA shows cows wading through knee high manure in their own dairy barn- but the barn looks otherwise unused, and the feeding troughs are pristine of any actual food.
For another, anybody who knows cows and cow manure knows that there would be a lot of flies in that barn. Cows are born with natural fly swatters- their tails. They swing them back and forth, swatting themselves on their sides over and over. Whatever they dip their tails in gets splattered all over themselves and anything nearby. But these cows have clean backs and sides, even clean tails, and clean bellies. It’s not possible that they have been in knee deep manure, and higher, for more than a few minutes.
But read the rest, including the comments. Here’s one of the best of them:
1. At 15 seconds there is a large weed growing next to the feed rack. No honorable herbivore would have let that weed survive past six inches in height.
2. There is a great deal of bird manure on the pipe above where they are fed. In my experience, birds don’t gather or nest in high traffic areas such as a feed bunk.
3. There is no fresh splatter. Anywhere. Not in the feed bunk, not on the support beam, nowhere. When manure is that “soupy” it gets everywhere and there is no hiding from it.
4. Lastly, everything looks old and unused. You can always tell when something has gone untouched for an extended period, and this appears to be the case.
If PETA is going to stage a video in an abandoned dairy barn, I would suggest hiring some help next time.
PETA has a vested interest in animals being abused on film, because it boosts their income- more people donate. PETA and other animals rights activist organizations have quite a long history of actually paying people to abuse animals while they film the abuse and call it secret footage of real industry practices. You can see some of them here.
Now, that’s from the fur commission, and they have some vested interests of their own, but you will see that they do a better job of documenting their claims than PETA does. They also point out the common sense test- PETA has claimed several fur industries practice skinning the animal alive for some reason, and they do show footage- a raccoon dog in China for one infamous example. I’ve read that if you speak Chinese, you hear somebody in the background asking, “Why is he doing it to a live animal?” because this is obviously NOT the norm. Skinning an animal live is not only a gruesome and inexcusably psychopathic thing to do, it’s stupid if you want to sell your fur and get the most compensation you can. A writhing animal is a danger to the skinner, and a danger to the skin itself, which will be messy and possibly torn. It’s bizarre that people believe this is a typical practice, when, all humane conditions aside, it’s not even a sensible practice from a strictly financial point of view.
Neither is keeping dairy cows thigh-deep in muck.