Female Calves Killed with Hammers: A Dark Side of Dairy
This devastating footage of female calves being abused and killed was taken at E6 Cattle Company, a dairy operation facility in Texas, USA.
All of the female calves in the video were taken from their mothers at birth. Sadly, this horrible practice of taking babies away from their mothers, takes place in all dairy farms in order to prevent the babies from nursing. Being that dairy farms are in the business of selling cow milk, the babies are never allowed to feed on it.
As a result of not being able to nurse, many baby calves get sick and don't develop properly. In this footage we can see how the weak babies are being dragged by their ears, left to slowly die without any veterinary care or bashed in the heads with hammers and pickaxes. 4 calves were rescued and transferred to The Gentle Barn sanctuary.
In addition, thanks to this investigation by Mercy for Animals, the owner of the facility received the maximum fine of $4000 for this type of animal cruelty, in addition to receiving a 1 year probation. Needless to say, he was able to continue working with calves and recover the small losses quickly. As soft as this punishment is, it’s actually one of the rare cases where abuse of farmed animals was punished.
What can be done for female calves?
Luckily, we don’t have to rely on the legal system to help these miserable animals. By not eating dairy products, you are ensuring that less baby calves will end up in places like this one. In essence, every meal makes a difference in animals’ lives. All we need to do is decide what kind of difference we want to make.