Dairy Farmers of America: Stop Letting Baby Cows Be Taken Away From Their Mothers!
Does your milk come from tortured animals? If you buy milk from Dairy Farmers of America, such as Kemps®, Dairy Maid Dairy®, or Guida's Dairy® brand milk, the answer is probably yes.
On farms that supply Dairy Farmers of America with milk, baby cows are dragged away from their moms just hours after being born. Mother cows have been known to wail all night in desperation after their babies have been taken away. These baby cows are then fed anemic diets and sold for veal, while the moms are treated as mere milk-producing machines.
Ripping babies away from their mom just after they’re born is animal cruelty that no company with morals should support.
- Dairy Farmers of America
CEO Rick Smith
Dairy Farmers of America should be an industry leader. But by continuing to accept cruel practices like separating baby calves from their mothers just after they’re born, the company is failing both animals and consumers.
Moms and their babies deserve to be together. Tearing them apart can leave the mothers crying in desperation for days, and it denies baby calves the chance to bond and be nourished by their mothers’ milk.
To make matters worse, after these babies are ripped from their mothers’ sides they are locked alone inside tiny crates and have their tails hacked off and their budding horns painfully burned out of their skulls.
This cruelty must stop. Babies need their mothers, but in the dairy industry they know only misery and heartache.
Gone are the days when such blatant abuse could remain hidden behind the closed doors of factory farms. Consumers demand transparency and want the brands they buy to adhere to high animal welfare standards.
As one of the world’s largest dairy companies, Dairy Farmers of America has the power and ethical responsibility to help end needless cruelty to animals in its supply chain.
Please improve your animal welfare policy by ending these cruel practices. Don’t allow baby calves to be separated from their mothers just after they’re born. Put an end to other cruel practices, such as tail docking and dehorning, too. And stop confining calves to individual pens.
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