Compassion Over Killing (COK) released findings from an investigation, revealing what they call “shocking and violent” cruelty to calves.
The nonprofit organization sent an undercover investigator to work at Quanah Cattle Co. in Kersey, Colorado, where newborn calves are purchased from dairy farms and confined in crates before they are shipped to be raised and killed for meat.
The footage reveals that the calves, still too weak and scared to walk on their own, were “violently dragged by their legs, pulled by their ears, lifted by their tails, kicked, thrown, slammed, and flipped.” Just days old, many still have their umbilical cords attached, according to the investigation.
COK reports that they turned over their evidence to local authorities, who are working with them on the case. The Weld County Sheriff’s Office has also launched an independent investigation.
Erica Meier, COK Executive Director said in a press release, “Our investigation reveals shocking cruelty to young calves that we believe clearly violates Colorado’s animal protection laws. We’re calling on local authorities to file charges, making it clear such egregious animal abuse is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”
Most of the calves bought by Quanah Cattle Co. are male, according to COK, making them “unwanted byproducts” in the dairy industry because they cannot produce milk. Dairy cows are repeatedly impregnated in order to obtain their milk. While some males calves are sent to be raised for veal or beef like these calves, it is not uncommon for dairy farms to simply “discard” male calves to die in stockyards.
COK points out that cruelty is commonplace in the dairy industry, not just at Quanah. Meier adds, “The meat and dairy industries are desperate to keep Americans in the dark about their routine abuse of animals. Once consumers discover the painful reality of how violently farmed animals are typically treated, it’s impossible to turn a blind eye—and leaving meat and milk out of our diets is an easy way to prevent such cruelty.”
For more information, visit COK’s website.