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Frostbitten Calves Euthanization Gets Chilly Reception

Frostbitten Response Gets Chilly Reception

"It's snowing still," said Eeyore gloomily. "So it is." "And freezing." "Is it?" "Yes," said Eeyore. "However," he said, brightening up a little, "we haven't had an earthquake lately." - A. A. Milne

In last Thursday's Notmilk letter (April 21, 2011), you viewed this horrific video:

On Monday (April 25, 2011), the dairy industry explained why the male calves were "humanely" relieved of their pain.

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The dairy industry article LOWLIGHT:

Proper euthanasia discussed following Texas calf ranch debacle Tom Quaife, Editor - April 25, 2011

"The owner of E6 Cattle Co. in Hart, Texas, where the undercover video was shot, explains that the calves were being euthanized because of frostbite."

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Female calves are valuable cattle chattel. Male calves are worthless.

Fact is, bullets cost dollars, and killing male calves is the rule and not the exception, and the horrifying way that male offspring die is the usual way of doing business on America's dairy farms. It cost more to transport a male calf to slaughter than the farmer nets at auction.

I took the opportunity to post a comment on the dairy website following the article. Rather than moralize, sermonize, or criticize, I felt it would be appropriate to leave a comment in which every pro-dairy reader shakes his head and agrees with me, knowing that the official response was completely filled with bovine feces. I wrote:

"Thank goodness that female calves do not get frostbite."

Robert Cohen

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