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Four Calves Saved From Life of Abuse at Texas E6 Cattle Ranch

Four Calves Saved From Life of Abuse at Texas E6 Cattle Ranch

The disturbing Mercy for Animals (MFA) undercover video of the E6 Cattle Ranch in Texas was so graphic it has caused tremendous controversy.  CNN reported on it and was allowed to show only minimal excerpts from the filming.

Even more discouraging, it helped to spurn on attempts by lawmakers to create so-called “ag-gag” bills, making undercover videotaping and photographing of such abuse at factory farms, a crime.  According to the Wall Street Journal, “the [MFA E6 Cattle Ranch] video helped to push June futures down 1.3% to $1.1565 a pound after the contract hit a two-week high earlier in the trading day.”

The Minnesota ag-gag bill seeks to punish not only those who videotape factory farm abuse, but anyone who distributes the film.  In Iowa, the ag-gag bill has passed the house and is moving along in the senate.  Thankfully the Florida bill was recently voted down.

Good News from Bad

Yet, some positive news has been born from it.  Before the video was made public, Mercy for Animals, in conjunction with The Gentle Barn, partnered to rescue four of the sickly calves from the E6 Cattle Ranch.  The undercover investigator who filmed the egregious abuse was able to negotiate saving the lives of four calves and through MFA, these young calves were taken to live out their lives at The Gentle Barn. They were named Mercy, Bob, Ari and Roy.  To see the progress of the four E6 calves, visit The Gentle Barn.org as well as their Facebook page.

The Gentle Barn is a California-based center “that takes in animals that can’t find homes because they are too damaged.” according to Ellie Laks, Founder.  The Gentle Barn’s mission is twofold.  Through saving the lives of abused animals, The Gentle Barn helps abused children heal their emotional wounds by letting the kids identify with the animals’ stories.  It provides a method for the children — victims of abuse — to talk about and deal with the horrible experiences in their lives by listening to the stories of abused animals.

The NY Times’ Mark Bittman asks Who Protects the Animals?  Indeed, this is the very question we should all be asking ourselves.  According to MFA’s Executive Director, Nathan Runkle, there are no laws to protect animals from abuse on factory farms.  The only anti-abuse laws for animals that join the food chain relates to slaughterhouses — a brief time in the lives of factory-farmed animals.

How You Can Help

Education and awareness is the first step.  Once you make the connection between factory farming and the food on your plate, you may consider becoming vegetarian or vegan.  I must confess, as a baby-boomer who was taught meat, dairy and eggs are the healthy choice, it took me many years to force myself to look at the undercover videos.  Why?  In a word — denial.  I knew if I saw what really takes place, I could no longer participate in the cruelty of factory-farmed food.  And I really didn’t want to give up the taste of lemon-marinated chicken, a fluffy cheese omelet or a medium-rare rib eye steak fresh off the grill.
 
Once I allowed myself to view an entire video of cruelty on factory farms, I wiped my eyes and blew my nose and the decision was made.  The truth is I have never — not even once — missed meat of any kind because I am enjoying discovering the savory tastes and textures of plant-based foods.  Take it from someone who never enjoyed veggies as a child: the variety of vegan and vegetarian foods is better than anything derived from an animal.

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Photo Credit: Screen shot shows the four calves rescued from E6 Cattle Ranch -- Mercy, Bob, Ari and Roy -- by Mercy for Animals and The Gentle Barn.

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11:40AM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

Please no privacy for battery farms and criminal dairy ever! Lets make sure these kinds of gag rules/bills never happens! Hell with politics and all the cowards and monsters who rather carry on devouring helpless creatures and never made to feel responsible!

Everyone should know how/where does the meat comes from...No kid would ever hurt an animal if he/she wasn't pushed into that by heartless parents and sick backward society.

Please Evolve! If you show no kindness and mercy to us today, or we wont be ashamed to cast you out of our future in times to come...peace!

11:29AM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

Hell with “ag-gag” bills! They can shove it up their arse!!

Im happy that these guys made it, but hope they find kind and loving shelter and dont end up on some plate or worse

No matter how "kindly" they are raised if they are gonna get killed for some one dinner ..theres nothing "humane" about getting murdered for food and leather! I wish more people open their eyes when they see these videos, what these poor souls go through and give up flesh eating, opt to live kinder cleaner lifestyles..Now that the "where you get the protein from" debate is completely de-bunked ( please research and get updated!) many have realized that going vegan not only saves lives but also makes them healthier.

9:29AM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

INSTEAD OF SECRECY, THEY NEED TO HAVE CAMERA'S INSTALLED ON EVERY "SUSPECT" FARM, EVERY 6 FEET, ON EVERY WALL, IN EVERY BUILDING, ALL FEEDING SCREENS THE SIZE OF THE OLD DRIVE-IN THEATRE SCREENS. THAT WOULD SETTLE THEIR HASH ONCE AND FOR ALL COZ THERE WOULD BE A JURY OF THEIR PEERS WATCHING THEM EVERY SECOND OF THE DAY AND NIGHT. THIS SCUM OPERATES BEHIND CLOSED DOORS AND UNDER THE COVER OF NIGHT...TAKE AWAY THE PRIVACY AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS. AS FOR THOSE THAT WANT THE AG-GAG BILLS PASSED... MAKE THEM WATCH THE FOOTAGE, MAKE THEM GO INSIDE AND WATCH AND TEND THE DOWNED AND BEATEN ANIMALS. LET THEM KNOW FIRST HAND EXACTLY WHAT THEY ARE ALLOWING TO HAPPEN.

5:33PM PDT on Oct 10, 2011

I'm so sick and tired of inhumane, torture of animals for the sake of something some a-hole decides to call it. Call it ranching or whatever you want, it's still torture!

3:02AM PDT on Oct 8, 2011

These bastards MUST be held accountable.Poor defenceless animals.Signed

6:01AM PDT on Jun 20, 2011

Terrible! Signed...

5:10AM PDT on Jun 10, 2011

I understand this woman, that is interviewed, so well. By the end you can clearly hear in her voice how she talks about the issue and tries to hold herself from crying. I always get so sad and cry when i see the footage from the food industry how the poor animals are being killed.
So sad that such things happen. World is so evil :(

10:49AM PDT on Jun 5, 2011

These people need to be sent to prison!

5:16AM PDT on Jun 1, 2011

Terrorists are those that stop free speech - the reason - unethical & immoral acts of unthinkable cruelty causing pain to millions of god's creatures every day. "Murderers ... very often start out by killing and torturing animals as kids." ~ Robert K. Ressler, Former FBI Serial Killer Profiler

"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men..." ~ St. Francis of Assisi, Roman Catholic friar, founder of the Franciscans order

"The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them, that's the essence of inhumanity." ~ George Bernard Shaw, Irish Playwright and Essayist

6:45PM PDT on May 30, 2011

Thank you to the Gentle Barn for taking care of the 4 calves, for feeding them, and for picking them up and handling them so carefully after watching other cows being kicked and treated so neglectfully...

Legislature that is passed to inhibit the undercover footage of what actually happens in these types of farms is to inhibit the truth from coming out, when it is the truth that really needs to be looked at so that a better way of farming can be developed.

THINGS DON'T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY.

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