Target: U.S.D.A. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, (APHIS)
Goal: Require veal farmers to provide calves with milk and grasses.
Each year, close to one million male calves are slaughtered before they reach their one-month birthday just to be placed on the plates of American restaurant goers. Many claim to enjoy the tenderness of flesh that can only come from baby cows, yet few realize how terribly these calves suffer before slaughter. The barbaric treatment of veal calves has improved on a small scale throughout the United States as many citizens have pushed for better living conditions and treatment. While most would like to see the practice of harvesting veal outlawed indefinitely, approaching the issue in this manner would be ineffective, as veal is too popular a meal for U.S. restaurants to stop serving it overnight.
However, efforts can be taken to make veal meat less appetizing, and nutrient deprivation is the key to a desirable veal taste. Requiring farmers to feed calves a holistic diet can prevent veal farmers from producing the kind of meat that, for so long, has been in high demand. Tell the APHIS that baby calves must be provided with proper nutrients, specifically their mother’s milk and natural grass, in order to reduce cruelty. Because the disgusting milk powder formula is pumped with drugs and antibiotics, calves suffer iron and fiber deficiency. They are forced to develop anemia, a trait that makes their flesh pale and more appetizing to veal eaters.
Nutrient deprivation is a serious form of cruelty, especially for calves. Cows are designed to eat a diet of milk (when young), grains, grasses, and plants. They glean nutrients by grazing and, ultimately, behaving as natural cows. When they are chained up in pens for their short lives apart from their mothers and fed a useless diet of formula, they are denied basic elements that they need to live well. Because the calves are raised for slaughter, veal farmers neglect their health and raise them to make their flesh and flavorful as possible. This is sick and wrong.
Ultimately, if veal does not taste as tender and flavorful, the demand for it will decrease. In addition, if federal law states that calves must receive vital nutrients to prevent cruelty, then it is less likely that the calves will be torn away from their mothers only moments after birth. If farmers are required by law to feed calves milk and grass, it is more likely they will be allowed to roam outdoors as they should always be allowed to do. Veal production will also become more expensive and thus strain farmers from producing veal at all. Petitioning for necessary milk nutrients and grains deters farmers from cruelty in many ways. It will not end the production of veal overnight, but it is a necessary stepping-stone to take down this cruel industry once and for all.
Appeal to the APHIS to protect veal calves under federal law by requiring veal farmers to give their calves a holistic diet of milk and grass. A law must be enacted that bans farmers from sustaining calves on powdered nutrient-lacking milk substitute. Just because an animal is raised for slaughter does not permit a farmer to perform animal abuse. An improper diet is a form of cruelty.
Dear U.S.D.A. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, (APHIS),
Millions of male calves are tortured every year for the short time they spend alive before slaughter. Many United States citizens have already taken efforts to reduce the inhumane practices of the veal industry by requiring farmers to change housing conditions. In addition to cruel housing, the diet of veal calves is comprised of nutrient deficient milk powder that is pumped with drugs in attempt to reduce the calves’ muscle growth and to whiten their flesh. This is clearly cruelty, for by being denied proper nutrition, calves are treated as objects instead of sentient beings.
Please require farmers to provide their veal calves with proper nutrition, including their mother’s milk and natural grasses. Cows are beautiful creatures, and to deny them proper nutrition for growth is as cruel as denying them proper living conditions. Both result in suffering and alter the cow to an unnatural state. Ban the despicable milk formula fed to these calves, and require all veal farmers to provide a holistic diet to young cows.
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