This is part of the meat and dairy industry. These are the babies of dairy cows:
From Wayne Pacelle’s blog:
the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture shut down the plant after seeing The HSUS’s footage and announced the initiation of a thorough investigation.
“The deplorable scenes recorded in the video released by the Humane Society of the United States are unequivocally unacceptable,” said U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in a statement today. “The callous behavior and attitudes displayed in the video clearly appear to be violations of USDA’s humane handling regulations.”
Roger Allbee, the head of Vermont’s agriculture department, offered a similar denunciation.
After reviewing the undercover footage obtained by the HSUS investigator in August and September 2009, animal scientists Dr. Temple Grandin and Kurt Vogel pronounced that, “the handling practices and attention to insensibility at this plant are unacceptable and must improve.”
The HSUS posted some facts:
* When dairy cows give birth to male calves, the calves are often sold to veal factory farms where they are unable to turn around or stretch their limbs, or they are slaughtered for “bob veal” within a week of being born.
* Arizona, California, Colorado, Maine and Michigan have passed laws phasing out the use of restrictive veal crate confinement systems, but still allow transport and slaughter of calves at any age.
* The agriculture industry trade publication Feedstuffs editorialized in September about a series of investigations conducted by animal organizations: “It’s important to understand that companies and producers can’t just say ‘bad apple’ and move on because—to consumers who have seen these videos again and again—there are no bad apples anymore. The bad apple, to consumers now, is the industry.”
* Approximate 700,000 veal calves are slaughtered in the US annually, approximately 15% of whom are bob veal calves.
You can stop this! Go vegan!