Stop the Torture of Veal Calves

Target: U.S.D.A. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, (APHIS)

Goal: To require veal producers to improve living conditions for calves.

The veal industry was created as a means to take advantage of the unwanted male calves produced by the diary industry. Most calves used to produce veal live only 18 to 20 weeks and perhaps this short life expectancy is the reason that so few precautions are taken to prevent their suffering. Approximately one million veal calves are born and slaughtered each year and in factory farms, these young creatures are exposed to psychological trauma, poor nutrition, and complete confinement for the duration of their short lives.

Though currently on the decline in the U.S., crate confinement has been the housing of choice for veal calves since the birth of the industry. Calves are taken from their mothers’ shortly after birth and placed in wooden crates not much larger than their bodies.  These crates are designed to restrict the calves’ movement allowing just enough room for them to stand or lie down. The calves are then tethered to the crate by a large chain that is placed around their necks. Crate confinement prevents calves from performing all of their natural social and psychological behaviors and purposely prevents healthy growth and development. At the end of their short lives these calves are not able to walk to slaughter due to the under-development of their leg muscles.

Calves raised to become veal are fed a liquid diet of milk substitute that is deficient in essential nutrients like iron and fiber. They are deliberately stricken with anemia to give the meat its signature white coloration.  They are not provided with straw bedding and are forced to lay on the feces covered slats at the bottom of the crate for fear that they may graze on the straw and alter the meat color. The poor diet and close confinement of these calves results in severe health issues including abnormal gut development and ulcerations of the stomach. Research shows that crate raised veal calves are more susceptible to disease and receive three times more medication than other calves. There is no doubt that these calves suffer from chronic stress and demonstrate all of the behaviors associated with stress in cattle. These behaviors include air chewing, head tossing and shaking, and scratching and kicking.

The use of veal crates has been banned in the European Union for humane reasons and refined alternatives have been developed to provide a greater quality of life for veal calves. These include freer living with access to fresh air and room to perform natural behaviors. The use of veal crates is also banned in seven U.S. states including Arizona, Colorado, California, Maine, Michigan, Oregon, and Arizona but the Federal government has not take an active stand on the issue by implementing or even suggesting National policy that would put an end this type of animal cruelty. Please ask the U.S.D.A to introduce legislation that would improve the quality of life for all veal calves produced in the United States.

PETITION LETTER

Dear Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, (APHIS), of the United States Department of Agriculture,

To date seven states and the European Union gave banned the use of veal crates to house calves on veal producing farms but the U.S. has failed to take a united stand against this overt form of animal cruelty taking place within our agricultural industry.

Veal crates are completely restrictive and prevent calves from performing all of their natural behaviors. This type of confinement leaves the animal distressed psychologically, physically underdeveloped, and immune deficient. How could anyone believe that subjecting these calves to a horrific, short life of complete solitude and poor health is anything less than cruel and inhumane?

Please take a stand against animal cruelty in the agricultural industry now by proposing legislation that would improve the quality of life for these animals.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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21 Comments

  1. Patricia Betty says:

    Torturing babies It makes me ashamed to belong to the same human race

    • Justin Kase says:

      Do you support the killing of unborn babies in the womb?

      They feel pain too!

      That causes me shame to think that we’d abort the most helpless among us!

      However often those who are all up in arms about cruelity to animals often see nothing wrong with abortion of our human young.

  2. I think Veal meat should be banned from United states period…..and that torture that is so horrible.

  3. Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages-Thomas Edison….he would down at this practice and be ashamed of his country!

  4. Veal is possibly the cruelist, most barbaric and sadistic of the animal industry abuses out there- although practically all of them are just pitifying awful. But really, HOW can anyone permit this atrocity on such young, fragile new-born creature? It is so,so beyond me. Get veal BANNED – WORLDWIDE. Post photos of this atrocity on your facebook page. Most people wish to live in denial – but photos are a great & direct way to reach people. Link the photos to active petitions to ban veal. I want to see this abhorrent cruelty stopped in my life-time. Thanks to all who have found themselves here and signed : )

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  6. Jocelyn Gould says:

    This is disgusting that people would choose to treat animals this way.

  7. This is torture! Cruel! It has to stop now!

  8. How in God’s name does the United States of America tolerate this? I thought we were a civilized country until I got wind of how the government allows our animals to be treated. Why don’t the cruelty laws that apply to our citizens also apply to our government standards and big business? The dichotomy is outrageous. We have a sinister, disgusting, and morally abusive system that legally operates under our noses, day in and day out and our government sets the standards for these farms and ALLOWS it!!!! What does that say about our nation. This does not made me proud to be an American at all!

    • Trish Jordan says:

      The Grand U.S.A. has made contracts with several other countries to Slaughter our Animals & Now it is done even worst than here… You should see it !!! The standards for packing and quality are gone too! Anyone still eating “MEAT” as per the Bible when God set up this place we know as EARTH he said anyone that eats of FLESH & BLOOD SHALL SUFFER GREAT STRIEF IN THE FORM OF SICKNESS ,,, (THINK MAYBE JUST MAYBE HE WAS REFERRING TO CANCER & HEART DISEASE ) ? PEOPLE try to say it was changed later in the Bible ,,,REALLY ??? DID ALMIGHTY GOD MAKE A MISTAKE AT FIRST WHEN HE SET THE LAWS ,,, I THINK NOT ~ ~ ~ I OFTEN WONDER WHY MOST CHURCHES DON’T PREACH THE TRUTH WHEN IT COMES TO THIS TOPIC ,,, I THINK WE ALL KNOW THE ANSWER TO THAT ,,, MAKE IT A SIN AND YOU WILL SEE HOW MANY OF THEIR CONGREGATION THEY LOOSE …. IT’S SAD ,,, NOTHING IN THIS WORLD SADDENS ME MORE THAN THE SUFFERING I HEAR IN MY HEAD EVERYDAY OF THE HORRIFIC SUFFERING OF THESE ANIMALS CRIES THAT HAVE NOT BEEN HEARD FOR SO LONG … THANK GOD HIS DISCIPLES ARE ALL COMING TOGETHER NOW TO TRY AND CHANGE THIS TO HIS LIKING …. WE CAN NEVER STOP FIGHTING THE FIGHT <3

  9. sabrina courteaux says:

    And if we just stop eating animals…?

  10. I’m crying for the cows and the calves after knowing about how the calves are separated from the mother soon after they were born and male calves taken for killing not even once they had tasted their mother’s milk. How much sin the mankind is doing to the cattle families. If humans were not born in this world it would have been a heaven for all the animals. The mothers and the babies would have shared their love and would have lived together for their life time happily.God bless all animals and free them from human torture.

  11. anita culling says:

    This is all like a science fiction horror movie. Imagine
    all human new born babies being taken away from their mothers after birth and kept in rows and rows of crates for couple months then murdered and eaten. Horrific and so wrong. What is happening to the human race. No humanity anymore.

  12. I love calves and i surely don’t tolerate any form of abuse, cruelty for them. So adorable. Don’t eat meat! don’t drink milk! save him and his parents!

  13. USDA is worthless waste of our tax dollars. They do nothing, can anyone name anything concrete they have done for animal welfare, I can’t.

  14. Gene Sengstake says:

    DAMN the bastards who raise veal calves. I’d like to tell them all directly “to their face” to go to hell. And don’t excuse my attitude or English – – –

  15. kay allan says:

    I AGREE WITH THE ABOVE.

  16. kay allan says:

    WHILE READING THIS MY HEART ACHES FOR ALL THE ANIMALS IN THIS WORLD THAT ARE TREATED WITH SUCH LITTLE RESPECT, THEY DESERVE SO MUCH MORE, HOW CAN THESE PEOPLE SLEEP AT NIGHT.

  17. these calves should be with the mother cows now. ban all sales of veal now.

  18. Czerny A. Czerny A. says:

    Seriously, do people have to eat tortured animal flesh? There must be a special hell for humans who cause such suffering just to stuff their maws. May they rot with cancer of the mouth, esophagus, stomach, intestines, and rectum.

  19. Drinking milk just isn’t worth it, I too didn’t make the connection when younger, just for the bog standard semi skimmed or ice cream a male calf is shot at birth, best scenario , and the worst scenario is being shipped hundreds of miles into a darkened veal crate awaiting its slow death. There are choices out there, luxury vegan ice cream, chocolate and Soya, almond or oat milk which is better for you and your skin anyway

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