Compassion Over Killing calls for criminal cruelty charges after investigation at Quanah Cattle Co.
by Jennifer Mishler
Categories: Animals, Causes.
Photo: Compassion Over Killing

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.

About Jennifer Mishler

Jennifer Mishler is a writer, and a vegan and animal activist. When she's not writing, you can often find her volunteering or advocating for animal, environmental and human rights causes. Along with writing for Ecorazzi, she has contributed writing for nonprofits like Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and enjoys blogging. She resides in the Washington, DC area (and loves all the vegan food it has to offer). Follow Jennifer on Twitter: @jennygonevegan.

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  • Bill Kauffman

    Shocking to hear, but I know it’s more common than any of us want to believe. Thank you for your work, and thanks to COK.

  • Dingosbaby

    Anyone who chooses to work in a field that involves animals (this includes slaughterhouses) should have the decency to be kind to them – especially when they are providing food. I don’t eat veal, never have — but show some damn respect and compassion to these poor animals. If you can’t you should find a job where you don’t interact with animals. I don’t know how you live yourself after beating up a baby animal.

  • Bea Elliott

    Adult humans do not need cow’s milk any more than they need goat’s milk, wolf’s milk, camel’s milk, giraffe’s milk. Unweaned infants do remarkably better on their own mother’s breast milk which is what our species was intended to consume. There’s absolutely nothing beneficial to the human diet in cow’s milk that can’t be gotten through plant based sources.

    Female cows are forcibly artificially inseminated to become pregnant and continue lactating. After 9 months, the dairy industry steals these baby calves shortly after they are born. The “worthless” males who can’t make milk are either killed immediately or kept in isolation for a few months to become veal. The unfortunate females calves follow their mother’s sad lot all the way to the last moments on the kill floor when they are no longer “productive”.

    Thankfully there’s abundant plant based alternatives that are just as nutritional, just as satisfying and just as versatile in cooking. Some even have twice the amount of calcium and vitamin D as cow’s milk does.

    Dairy is also destructive to the environment and a tragic waste of resources. Perhaps it is time for “unweaned” adults to look beyond what deceptiveness and hype the dairy industry is pitching at you in order to keep their profits and their cruel practices in check.

  • Maleficent

    I recently read “The Lucky Ones” by Jenny Brown, and the part about the calves made me sob hysterically. I became a vegan that day!

  • Roya Massih

    It’s been a year since I’ve had any dairy. The way these beautiful calves are torn away from their mother’s milk and affection is so heartbreaking. No baby should be taken away from the mother and be beaten and tortured. The dairy industry is very evil. It makes me sick how some humans could work in these places and be so inhumane. How do they sleep at night? Well, lets hope there is a God and a nice toasty place called “hell” for these monsters!