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Sep 29, 2009
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Dear Jerie,

A veterinarian who examined this weak, starving, dehydrated calf on the farm of a Land O'Lakes milk supplier found that his skin was scalded from the chronic coating of urine and feces. Learn more.

You probably recognize the name Land O'Lakes. You've seen the company's butter and milk products lined up on grocery-store shelves, and you may even purchase its products for your family. Now, please consider the immense suffering of these cows―who are given little more than a numbered tag punched through their ears―documented by PETA during our new undercover investigation of a Land O'Lakes supplier.

On the supplier's Pennsylvania farm, our investigation documented the suffering of cow #506, who gave birth after a nine-month pregnancy and then collapsed on April 11. A day later, she was found struggling outside without food, water, or shelter from freezing temperatures―the flailing of her head had carved a small trench in the ground under her face. She was eventually shot and killed.

Cow #826 would not stand up when urged, prompting the farm's co-owner to electro-shock her to her feet. Her condition continued to decline over the course of 21 days, until she was finally shot and killed. Like many other cows on this farm, she was not given veterinary care or put out of her misery in a timely manner. Instead, she was left to suffer for weeks.

While being milked by a machine, cow #36's gangrenous, infected teat ruptured, and workers were told to "amputate" it by binding it with a tight elastic band. Her condition deteriorated over the course of 11 days, until she finally died.

These are the stories of just a few of the cows whose painful experiences our investigator documented on the farm of this Land O'Lakes supplier. Others suffered when their newborn calves were torn away from them shortly after birth or when their tails were tightly wrapped with elastic bands in order to "dock" them, and they were all forced to live in perpetually wet pens and sheds full of deep excrement, which leads to the spread of disease. Watch our investigation video to learn more.

This blatant disregard for animal welfare is routine in the dairy industry. Cows are kept constantly pregnant in order to make them continue to produce milk, and they are hooked up at least twice a day to machines that extract the milk intended for their own calves. When their exhausted bodies are "spent" and can no longer provide enough milk, they are sent to slaughter, usually for hamburger meat.

Please take just a few minutes right now to help cows like #506, #826, and #36 who are still suffering for Land O'Lakes products. Write to the company today. Demand that Land O'Lakes executives watch the horrific undercover investigative footage and adopt PETA's 12-point animal welfare plan, which will eliminate some of the worst abuses of cows raised for milk. Of course, the best way for you to help prevent cows from enduring this type of abuse is to go vegan and stop consuming dairy foods. Explore our "Vegetarian Starter Kit" for recipes and tips and to get started today.

Thank you for speaking out for cows on dairy factory farms.

Very truly yours,

Ingrid E. Newkirk

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Posted: Sep 29, 2009 11:24am
Sep 18, 2009

I once held you with the purest highest regaurds. I once held you with dreams ignited by a fire. I once held you with the thought that Dreams could come true. I once held you with a delight for just being You. Now I hold you with a Friendship bound to no end. Now I hold you with a delight that dreams do start from within. Now I hold you with a song that is heard upon the Wind. Now I know that Angels come from the Heavens above. Because of your Friendship my world is set with a fire.  You have shown me so much love and care, You have shown me that friends are always near. You have ignited my Spirit and my Heart. You have shown to me the greatest gift of all,  Being a Friend who sings with the wind. Being a Friend who shines from within. Being a Friend igniting the Heart to dance amongst the Stars. Being a Friend to shine with the Dream of the Heart.         (Tony Kenyon 2009)

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Posted: Sep 18, 2009 1:28pm
Sep 18, 2009

Why can't we all live together as it was meant to be

Why can't we share in the land and live in the dream

We are all put here together to share all that we see

Why must we destroy what was meant to live free


Everytime you turn around something is being destroyed

Either put on an Endangered list and someone's home

We have to change to live free once again

Why must we think we have to own what truly is not ours


We do not own the water yet they say we must pay

We do not own the land yet we are charged everyday

We do not own the trees nor the mountains and yet

Some one is cutting them down claiming it in the name of progress


This World was given us to share with all

Yet we are paying for things that truly no one owns

When we are gone and no one is here

Who owns it then or does no one care


Nature is not just a scene in a shop

Nature is the dream to live free and wild

And yet there are those who want to destroy

Soon what will we have and where will we be

If we no longer have Nature to be seen


(Tony Kenyon 2009)

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Posted: Sep 18, 2009 12:06pm
Feb 10, 2009

I know the desert flowers will bloom when the oil rigs get silent; that trees will again stand tall over the ashes of forgotten wars; that no one can take away the sunrise or the smell of spring.     From a poetry book

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Posted: Feb 10, 2009 8:44pm
Feb 10, 2009

There will be no true peace until all human beings are properly fed; starving children, starving people fill this earth. There will be no true peace until the oppressed are all set free;human rights are not earned rights, but God given rights. There will be no true peace until each man and woman respects and loves his or her brother or sister, for we are all his children. There will be no true peace until we all acknowledge the peace the Lord has given us which is within us all, which means no more war! There will be no true peace until we alleviate all suffering; human suffering, human misery abounds. There will be no true peace until we all look inside ourselves for the good we can and must do.     Unknown

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Posted: Feb 10, 2009 8:18pm
Jan 25, 2009

There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground, and swallows circling with their shimmering sound; and frogs in their pools singing at night, and wild plum trees in tremulous white. Robins will wear their feathery fire whistling their whims on a low fence wire; and not one will know of the war, not one will care when at last it's done. Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree, if man kind perished utterly: and spring herself, when she woke at dawn would scarcely notice that we were gone.         Sarah Teasdale

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Posted: Jan 25, 2009 7:18pm


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