|By Robert Cohen Executive Director|
Calves Beware: AR Activists are Lurking
If baby cows could talk, what would they say to animal rights activists? According to the latest meat-slaughter statistics, their message might be: "Mooove away and leave us be. Things were better without you." The latest calf slaughter numbers were issued by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) at 9:00 AM on February 21, 2003. During January of 2003, 93,800 calves were slaughtered. That represents an increase of more than 7% over 2002 numbers (87,400 calves). This has been an interesting 12 months. State assemblies and Congress were lobbied to enact so-called compassionate laws which were intended to make life and death less painful for veal calves. Whether these laws have done any good by helping animals is debatable. By relieving the collective consciousness of meat-eating consumers, these laws seem to have created an unprecedented and dramatic increase in the amount of veal being processed and eaten. The way I see it, with all of the hard working animal rights welfarists doing their thing, that 87,400 number should have gone down. Instead, the demand to eat the anemic un-muscled, soft, white flesh of baby cows has been soaring, so that 6,400 additional calves died last month (January) than during the same 31-day period last year. If these animal welfare organizations have their way, what will happen to veal calves? Simple. They will all experience additional tortures. They will undergo castrations and be raised as docile steers. Their horns will be melted from their skulls by glowing hot irons which burn and cauterize extremely sensitive pre-horn buds possessing pain receptors. Imagine the equivalent pain, as if you were restrained so your thumb was burned, melted to the first knuckle. The cows not raised for veal live a few months longer, just long enough to wear a specially designed muzzle so their screams cannot be heard as the horns are burned, as the hair is singed and the flesh is scarred, for what child would want to inherit the farm and follow that same tradition? Then comes another secret dairy farmers and cattlemen do not want the public to know. The animals will be fed an unnatural diet of corn, which marbles their flesh with saturated fat while painfully destroying their organs from within. No bovine can survive a long-term diet of corn. Many die, in great pain, before reaching the slaughterhouse.
Robert Cohen, author of: MILK A-Z
Executive Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dairy Education Board
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