Letter to the Editor

Dairy products require sacrifice

Friday, July 23, 2010

Milk and all dairy products that we enjoy so much do not come without a sacrifice. The only way a dairy cow can produce milk is if she gives birth to a calf.

In some "factory farms," where the newborn calves are intended for veal, they are immediately tethered into crates so small that they cannot turn around.

A few weeks later, they are often too weak to walk to the transportation truck for slaughter. Their little knees buckle and they fall.

Right now in America, there are no regulations to ban slaughter of downed veal calves.

Please call or write Secretary Tom Vilsack, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, DC 20259, (202) 720-2791.

Ask him to amend the regulations to ban slaughter of downed veal calves, and enforce the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act which requires no animal should be slaughtered while conscious.

Lene Harris

Somerville, Tenn.