Once upon a time in America, or, shooting the bull with
The Humane Slaughter Act was passed so that farm animals
would be "humanely killed" by compassionate killers with
sharp knives, rather then by sadistic fiends taking pleasure
in causing pain to defenseless creatures.
Oh well, little seems to have changed regarding man's
inhumanity to lower life forms.
On Thursday, October 14, 1999, on page 6B, the Florida Sun
Sentinel reported the horrible results of an undercover
investigation. I predict that the tape will not be shown on
What was captured on film revealed a dairy farm employee
dragging, kicking, and shooting 13 newborn calves. The farm
was identified as McArthur Farms in Okeechobee County.
Why are calves born? To keep their mom's producing milk.
If calves are unlucky enough to be born male, feed costs no
longer justify raising these darling creatures for veal.
The state of Florida has decided not to pursue animal
cruelty charges against McArthur Farms or its employees.
The state reasons that killing unwanted or sick calves is
not unusual at dairy farms.
Undercover investigators videotaped a McArthur farm employee
on Jan. 23 taking day-old calves from a truck, tossing them
into a muddy pit and shooting them with a small-caliber
pistol. Many were left to thrash and suffer for up to 10
The state attorney general reasoned:
"It is legally acceptable to kill the unwanted calves or
sick animals. The question is did they do it in a humane
method? By looking at this tape, we determined that it
GOT MILK? GOT COMPASSION TO ANIMALS?