Frank Allen, farm manager and humane investigator at Animal Acres Sanctuary in Acton, California reveals the horrors of the dairy industry and its connections to the production of veal.
Dairy cows are artificially inseminated by means of the “rape rack” to remain in a cycle of pregnancy and childbirth so they can continuously produce milk. They are constantly hooked up to painful milking machines which often leads to the development of mastitis. Mastitis is is a painful infection of a cow’s mammary glands that causes irritated and swollen utters that excrete blood and puss along with the milk.
The stress on their bodies is so great that they often collapse on the way to the slaughterhouse and must be dragged to their premature death at age 5. Their natural life expectancy is 25 years.
However, half of the calves born to dairy cows are male and cannot produce milk, rendering them useless to the industry. So what becomes of them? Veal.
Veal calves are separated from their mothers almost instantly. They live out the few short weeks of their miserable lives in crates so small they can’t turn around or even lie down properly so their meat will be more tender. Veal calves are provided a protein-deficient diet in hopes of inducing anemia. This causes their meat to be a more “desirable” shade of white.
Still calves, these babies are given their first real opportunity to walk (if they even can) as they’re led to their gruesome death at the slaughterhouse.
In this video, Frank visits a dairy farm in California that houses 380 cows. While there, a traumatized male calf, later lovingly named Sonny, catches his eye. He gets in touch with the owner of the dairy farm and has the baby released into the warm arms of Animal Acres.
Watch the video to see footage of the awful conditions at the dairy farm, but also the heartwarming story of an ex-veal calf’s new life and friends in his happy home.
The dairy and veal industries are interlinked and depend on each other. However, all animal enterprise industries depend on YOU for support. These are cruel industries that thrive on the suffering of innocent animals and the unquestioning approval of the masses. Educate yourself. Go vegan today!
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