A breaking PETA eyewitness exposé of Heifer Solutions, LLC, a Porterfield, Wisconsin, facility that keeps and raises approximately 1,000 calves and heifers for various dairy farms, reveals that hot irons were used to burn sensitive tissue off calves’ heads—without any anesthetics or pain relief.
As you can see in the video footage, the calves kicked and cried out in agony as they attempted to pull their heads away from the hot irons and escape the metal restraints.
In December 2018, a PETA eyewitness documented an extremely painful procedure known as “disbudding,” in which a worker burns the highly sensitive horn-producing cells off calves’ heads.
The animals struggled and bellowed in obvious distress as they attempted to pull their heads away from the hot iron and escape the metal restraints.
The third-degree burns that are incurred can cause pain for weeks.
The worker said that providing the calves with local anesthetics before burning them would make the disbudding “a lot easier, but where’s the fun in that?” He even said that keeping the hot iron pressed against the calves’ heads as they jumped around and kicked made the process “more exciting” to him.
Veterinary and dairy industry experts agree on the need for pain relief before and after this agonizing mutilation. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) agrees that disbudding is “quite painful” and that “[m]inimizing pain associated with disbudding … is important.”
One veterinarian who reviewed the footage, said, “The calves in these scenes struggle violently … in a manner indicative of extreme distress, pain, and suffering. In my professional opinion, disbudding a calf without adequate anesthesia or pain relief is cruel and causes unnecessary and excessive pain and suffering” [emphasis in original].
Experts also point out that because horn buds grow and attach to the skull at about 8 weeks of age, disbudding after that point can cause holes in the sinuses and subsequent bleeding and infection. The worker said that one of the approximately 12-week-old calves he burned had “bigger” horn buds, which he said made the torturous process take even longer.
Another veterinarian who reviewed the footage said, “[T]hese calves suffered extreme forms of pain and distress” [emphasis in original].
PETA has submitted its evidence to the Marinette County, Wisconsin, sheriff and requested a criminal investigation.
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Smoke rose from their charred flesh.
The third-degree burns that they incurred from this agonizing mutilation can cause pain for weeks. The worker admitted that providing the calves with anesthetics before burning them would make the process “a lot easier, but where’s the fun in that?”
He even said that he found it “more exciting” when the calves jumped around and kicked.
Please take a moment today to tell Danone North America—the makers of Dannon Yogurt and Horizon Organic milk—to phase out cruel disbudding in its supply chain.
The most important thing that you can do to help spare calves this kind of pain and suffering is to stop buying cow’s milk and other dairy “products” and go vegan today.
Thank you for your compassion for animals and for your willingness to take action.
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