Target: New Zealand Attorney-General Hon Christopher Finlayson QC
Goal: Charge workers who were caught on film abusing and mistreating calves in dairy farms.
New footage shows bobby calves being abused on dairy farms in New Zealand. An investigation revealed that the animals were severely mistreated and ultimately killed.
A cow must have one baby a year in order to provide milk. Hidden cameras revealed that some farms are treating male calves as waste objects that are abused and disposed of. They are taken from their mothers within an hour after birth and sent to slaughterhouses. Roughly two million were taken to these slaughterhouses at only four years old. The abuse to these animals also includes being repeatedly kicked, beaten, left in crates at the side of the road and denied shelter during extreme weather conditions.
The footage has sparked outrage from farmers and animal rights advocates. The farm workers that committed these abuses can be prosecuted by law. According to reports, possible penalties for the mistreatment of farm animals is a five year prison sentence as well as a $100,000 fine for individuals and $500,000 for companies.
Abuse on dairy farms is unacceptable regardless of company or consumer needs. The workers who violated the rights of these calves must be held responsible for their actions. Demand that the offenders be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Dear Mr. Finlayson,
An investigation revealed that calves are being abused by dairy farm workers in New Zealand. Footage shows the severe mistreatment of calves right after birth. They’re treated as disposable objects rather than living creatures.
These calves are allegedly taken from their mothers and suffer beatings, abandonment and torture before reaching slaughterhouses. Nearly two million calves were taken to slaughterhouses at these dairy farms. Some are left in crates at the side of roads, even under extreme weather conditions.
The workers responsible for this abuse must be charged fully. Their behavior is a serious violation of animal rights and a poor reflection on the diary industry. Animal needs are not secondary to consumer demands. We urge that you ensure the workers who violated the rights of these calves are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
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Photo Credit: Jim Champion