vendredi 9 octobre 2015


 These animals need your help.


In order to squeeze the maximum amount of milk out of cows, dairy farms keep them almost constantly pregnant, giving birth to calf after calf, year in and year out. When cows at this farm had difficulty giving birth, workers attached chains to their unborn calves’ legs, dragging them out of the womb and causing the mothers to cry out and defecate.
The calves are not allowed to nurse (the milk they were meant to drink is sold for human consumption). Instead, they’re torn away from their mothers within hours of birth and sometimes force-fed milk taken from a different cow. PETA’s observer witnessed several calves choke and gag as feeding tubes were shoved down their throats. Sometimes, the milk went into the calves’ lungs instead of their stomachs, essentially drowning them.

The calves often flailed and struggled against the rough treatment, prompting one worker to kick a calf in the head. Another worker who killed a calf via force-feeding texted PETA’s observer, “[D]ont [sic] tell anyone about that dead calf please.”

Newborn calves had holes punched into their ears and numbered tags clamped onto them, and their heads were smeared with a caustic paste to destroy their sensitive horn tissue—all without any anesthetics. The youngsters—some just hours old—were then put into wheelbarrows, carted to pick-up trucks, upended into the truck beds, and hauled off to plastic hutches or pens, where some were confined and isolated, unable to see any other calves.
The whistleblower found that many calves were visibly ill—coughing, trembling, and/or unable to stand—suffering from apparent pneumonia, lameness, and scours. Scours, a common disease of calves, gave those at Daisy Farms severe diarrhea, which left their skin scalded. Some cows and calves suffered for weeks without adequate care for illnesses and injuries.

Two cows with severe lacerations on their tails were never seen by a veterinarian, to the knowledge of PETA’s observer, including one cow whose wound was seen bleeding more than three weeks after her tail was severed. Instead, a manager wrapped a tight elastic band around her tail so that it would eventually become necrotic and fall off.

Some sick animals were finally shot, while others were killed by injections of antibiotics to induce a heart attack while they were fully conscious. One calf killed this way gasped and convulsed violently for three minutes before dying. Older cows who were no longer producing enough milk were sent to slaughter. One worker said that a cow who had massive uterine tumors might be seen later “at McDonald’s.”