The not-so-sweet side of Cadbury chocolate. This video is fairly mild as far as scary farm videos go but still very sad. Milk-drinkers are so delusional! They really seem to have no idea that if they are drinking the milk, the calves aren’t.
Those calves are so cute, it’s so sad they take them from their moms. And of course the males are useless to a dairy farm so they get sold off as veal or as the video shows, pet food. “And all so people can have their milk.”
Animal Place went and did some awesome shit again, rescuing these cute-ass calves from slaughter and putting up pictures of their cuteness for us to love on. Look at this ridiculous baby drinking milk because milk is for calves, not stupid humans! You drink that milk, you Cute Stuff McGee!
Because you love cows and they are the most beautiful, amazing creatures and you want to support their welfare, throw a little of your hard-earned dollar dollar bills at the good people of Animal Place. They’re doing the work a lot of us can’t but wish we could so hey, if you’ve got some extra dinero, buy me a cake. When you’re done with that, spend the rest on these awesome calves. BABY COWS I LOVE YOU.
Get ready to cry forever: graphic footage captured at E6 Cattle Co. in Texas »
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Welcome to the dairy industry. This video was filmed over two weeks in March by Mercy for Animals at E6 Cattle Co., a dairy cattle ranch that raises calves for dairy production. The end of the video says “Go vegetarian” but that’s not going to help a dairy calf much, will it?
From Dairyherd.com,* “‘The actions in this video do not reflect the practices of the thousands of hard-working dairy farm families across the U.S. who care for their animals every day,’ the [Dairy Management Inc.] statement said. ‘Dairy farmers and their employees take this responsibility very seriously. Texas’ dairy farmers, as well as dairy farmers across the country, are as outraged by this video as the public.’”
Because that’s where we get our milk from, thousands of good old-fashioned dairy farm families. NOT.
From KCBD-TV** in Lubbock, Texas, “The owner of E6 Cattle Company issued a statement saying, ‘I take full responsibility for what happened in the video. I am embarrassed and disappointed. The four men in the video have been fired. This is not what we do at the ranch and it will never happen again.’”
"Embarrassed and disappointed" are not really the first words that come to my mind; more like "horrified and disgusted." But this guy is disappointed. I’m sure before he fired the four men, he made them clap erasers in the back of the classroom.
What these four men did is appalling, but making them take the brunt of the blame irritates me. A company that is in charge of the life and death of living beings should be able to supervise and manage their own house. Know what I’m saying? But instead of cleaning up the industry, I’m thinking Texas might be the next state in line to ban undercover videos. It’s especially repulsive because this systemic abuse is revealed again and again, and it’s always blamed on rogue employees. Dude, you can’t put people in a factory farm or a slaughterhouse and not expect them to become a shell of a human being. Yes, I blame the workers who did this, but mainly I blame everyone who sits down to a tall cold glass of
misery-mucus milk every morning. It’s the human demand for the milk of another animal (gross!) that leads to this kind of behavior—every asshole with their bowl of morning cereal is directly responsible for the gross abuse you see in that video. It’d be less gross to milk your dog and just drink that shiz. 1) PUKE and 2) You know it’s true!
For a little chaser, so we all don’t go crazy and start chopping heads, let’s watch the story of Billy, a little calf who was rescued from a similar fate by a very caring average Joe:
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*My new favorite news authority
**My new second favorite news authority
Farm sanctuary’s six rescued calves need homes! »
Treehugger reports that Farm Sanctuary in N.Y. is still looking for homes for the six calves rescued from a farm in Pottsville, Penn. (home of the Yuengling brewery! The tour is dope. This is an aside, back to the calves!). As you can see in the video, the calves were starving and ill when they found them—now they are bouncy toddlers! I never realized how damn cute baby cows are, they are almost as cute as baby pigs! If you have room in your heart/farm, somebody, please adopt these adorable calves!
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LIBERTE EGALITE POULETS: Yes on Prop. 2! »
Californians who vote no on Prop. 2 deserve the same treatment they’re condemning the pigs, calves, and chickens to.
Do you know how many of us vegans have been working to get this proposition passed, because we care about the way you people treat the animals you eat?
Did you know that the Humane Society had to get it these laws passed by voter mandate because the state legislature is owned by the farming industry, and would never make these kind of humane changes on its own?
Did you know the anti-Prop. 2 campaign is primarily funded by out-of-state companies? If the passage of this proposition would increase out-of-state egg importation, why do you suppose these companies are so invested in preventing it?
The state had to force the USDA and the American Egg Board—your tax dollars at work!—to stop buying anti-Prop. 2 ads in September. The federal government caught in a scheme to illegally influence an election! Why do you suppose that is? Perhaps you can extrapolate; when does the government, particularly the federal government, ever willingly accept stricter regulations, health and humane treatment of animals regardless?
I haven’t bought an egg in over four years. But if you still think of eggs as incredible and edible and all that, you have a responsibility as a conscious person to consider the animal from which those eggs come. All those chickens know in their short lives is pain, misery and fear. Why wouldn’t you take that away, now that you’re given the chance?
“It would cost more,” incidentally, is a lot of nonsense. It will not cost considerably more. It will not put all the independent egg farmers across the state out of business—how many do you suppose aren’t actually connected to massive farming conglomerates, by the way? “It would cost more,” sounds so much more disgusting coming from people who have never seriously considered the cost of eggs before. How patronizing, that you suddenly care about “California’s working families” and their heavy reliance on cheap eggs for their daily protein requirements. Don’t worry, your pals at the corner store and the checkstand and the laundromat are going to be fine, jerks.
I’m excited to be excited about the results of an election tomorrow. Don’t fuck it up.
[photo via www.doolittlefarmyarn.com]