INVESTIGATION: The Cruel Impact of Italy’s Buffalo Mozzarella Production
In addition to the exclusive images shot by our investigators, Animal Equality has collected testimonials of people who can, first-hand, report on the conditions of these farms – farms where almost half a million buffaloes are bred every year. Interviewing Italian personalities, such as journalist Giulia Innocenzi and former parliamentarian Paolo Bernini, help paint the picture of neglect on these farms, where numerous parliamentary inspections documented the illegal sewage spills in the Caserta area.
The up-until-now unpublished footage and pictures collected by Animal Equality investigators leave no room for doubt. The videos clearly show:
- Animals covered in mud and feces up to their knees
- Buffaloes covered with flies and forced to live alongside bodies of dead animals
- A corpse of buffalo clumsily hidden under straw and feces
- Ill-treatment of buffaloes and degraded sanitary living conditions
- Baby male buffalos abandoned to die of hunger and thirst after being torn from their mothers
The production of buffalo mozzarella has a very strong environmental impact on the surrounding area, with cases of disastrous spills of waste directly into nearby waterways. Thanks to the images of former parliamentarian Paolo Bernini, we were able to document illegal spills of sewage in the province of Naples and Caserta. In the video, you can see streams of sewage that end up in the surrounding lands and then into the drinkable water table – slurry obviously untreated.