This poor cow, who was given the number 416, was filmed by activist Casper Hilt in a slaughterhouse in Aarhus, Denmark. This important footage sheds light on the Danish dairy industry, which operates similarly to other dairy farms around the world.

The helpless cow in the video is what the industry calls a "downer cow”, which means a cow that can't stand on her legs. Sadly, downer cows are a common sight on dairy farms all around the world, as a result of non-stop pregnancies and milking.

This phenomena of “downer cows” is particularly disturbing, given that dairy farms only keep very young cows. On average, cows on dairy farms are slaughtered at the young age of 5, despite having a lifespan of 20-25 years. Despite their young age, many dairy cows reach a point where they are so exhausted they can't even stand.

In order to profit from them one last time, dairy farms send the cows who can't walk to slaughter and sadly, the cow in this video was no exception. Cows that can't walk are lifted by a forklift and thrown into the transport vehicles. They are transported along cows who can still walk, which means that they are stepped on by the other cows, whenever the truck stops of turns.

According to Casper Hilt, every day, the workers finish their shift by killing the cows that remained in the truck because they couldn't walk to the kill floor. The poor cow in the video was shot with a bolt gun inside the truck in order to make her unconscious. However, a veterinarian that examined the footage determined the cow was still conscious in later stages, which means the shot was not accurate, as is sadly the case with many slaughtered animals.

In order to take the conscious cow out of the truck, the workers used a forklift that dragged her across the asphalt. Then, they slit her throat wide open and continued to aggressively move her with the forklift in order to get a good grip of her body. The fully aware cow was then taken into the slaughterhouse, where they continued to cut her limbs - most likely while she was still alive and aware.

Although this case was reported and video evidence was submitted, the police didn't consider this to be a violation of the Danish Animal Welfare law. In their words: "Just because something is not good for the animals, doesn't mean it's also illegal."

In order to help more animals escape a fate of misery, please give vegan food a try. For an easy start, join Challenge 22 to get free guidance and support for 22 days.

More videos about the dairy industry:

Largest "Humane" Dairy Farm Exposed for Torturing Baby Animals

The largest dairy in the U.S. is trying to portray itself as humane. The reality, however, can not be further than this.

Shooting Baby Calves to Death

See what dairy farms do to male calves shortly after they are born. The footage is very hard to watch, but it's vital that everyone know this is happening.

Cow Chases Dairy Farmer to Protect Baby

This mother cow does all she can in order to help her friend keep her baby. She won't let what happened to her, happen this time to her friend!

Udder Flaming of Mother Cows

Why would farmers place fire up against the udders of cows? This vile practice, as well as other practices, make the life of cows a living hell.

The Routine Torture of Cows Behind Dairy Products

The reality that the dairy industry tries to paint in their TV ads can not be further from the truth.

The Reality Behind Organic Farms

There are no happy cows in the dairy industry, and this also includes organic farms. The truth is far beyond horrific.

Slaughter of Pregnant Cows

Did you know dairy farms send cows to their death when they are still pregnant? This is without doubt one of the darkest secrets of the dairy industry.

Baby Cows Slaughtered in Front of Each Other

This Swiss abattoir stabs calves in front of each other in order to sell their flesh as "humane meat".

Female Baby Cows Tortured and Left to Freeze to Death

Before they become milk machines: The brutal lives of female calves on dairy farms.

Baby Goats Killed with a Bolt Gun

Why are healthy baby goats killed with a bolt gun and thrown to the trash? Watch the hideous violence behind milk & cheese.

Baby Goats Beaten to Death in front of their Mothers

Watch how workers club day-old baby goats to death since they can't produce milk.

Calf Slaughter - The Killing of Baby Cows

Even though it sounds insane, the killing of calves is essential for the production of dairy and meat. The images are hard to watch, but it is vital that people see them.

Pregnancy at Slaughter - Horrific Reality

It's hard to believe, but what you are about to see is an integral part of the dairy industry.

How the Dairy Industry Imprisons Baby Cows

A drone reveals where dairy farms keep the calves soon after kidnapping them from their moms. As can be seen, their fate is pure misery.

What Workers Do When They Think Nobody's Looking

You won't believe how this dairy farm in Ohio treats cows and calves unless you see it.  Sadly, these images are anything but rare.

Heartbreaking: The Truth about Goat Milk

Imagine giving birth to your first baby, only to have him snatched away from you shortly after he's born.

Sheep Milk: Kidnapping Babies from Mothers

You will not believe what a normal day on a dairy farm looks like until you see it yourself.

Baby Cow - The Shocking Reality

You won't believe what 4-day-old calves go through on dairy farms unless you see it with your own eyes.

Dairy is Scary! As Explained by Erin Janus

The dairy industry explained in just 5 minutes. All in all, this is one of the best videos on the topic.