(Originiall Published September 2, 2013)
PETA, more commonly referred to as “People Eating Tasty Animals,” has been consistently blowing up our Twitter feeds with campaigns against the dairy industry. These are a few of the images I found interesting:
So what are they angry about? They are angry that dairy farmers are dehorning calves. But let me ask you this, PETA members. Have you ever worked with dairy animals? I highly doubt it. Because if you had, you would understand WHY we remove the horns from all of our animals.
I’ll tell you why. Safety and just plain common sense. When you have a farm of 600 dairy animals, imagine all of them running around with huge horns. That sounds like a good idea, right? No, it doesn’t. It’s not safe and not only putting the farm employees at danger, but other animals as well. And isn’t that what you’re all about PETA, protecting animals?
Dehorning calves is done carefully and early enough that the calf will recover quickly and completely. Check out how and why we dehorn calves.
Here’s another fun fact. Temple Grandin, a well-known and highly respected doctor of animal science and professor at Colorado State University is pro-dehorning calves. You can also add bestselling author, autistic activist, and consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior to her lists of talents. Why is her opinion valid? Ohhh I don’t know, maybe because HBO thought her opinion was important enough that they made a movie about her work and accomplishments. Let’s hear what she has to say about dehorning:
“There is no excuse for not dehorning very young calves. There are several very good heating devices which will destroy the horn button on a calf. These methods are more effective than paste. There have been a few insensitive people who have suggested cutting horns off of cattle shortly before slaughter. This would be very cruel to the animals and it would also result in condemnation of most of the heads by the meat inspector due to hair and dirt entering the openings in the skull.” -Temple Grandin
There are always going to be bad people in this world who do bad things. I’m not saying everyone in the dairy industry is dedicated to the safest practices. However, what people (PETA members and supporters) need to realize is that the larger majority of us are.
We’re in this industry because we love dairy animals. There is rhyme and reason behind our practices. PETA is like your little brother who stole a cookie from the cabinet and suddenly a UFO came and aliens invaded the kitchen. Because that happens all the time, right?