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want to know what sucks?

August 17, 2007

driving to farm sanctuary, every day, from chico to orland, and having to see veal calves, i swear to you, on the side of the road. literally, they are within 50-100 feet of the roadside. there are roughly 10 of them that i can see, in metal crates, under some trees.

most veal calves never get to see the sun until they are on their way to slaughter, or within moments after their births. these calves are outside, all day, under some trees.

i don’t know what’s worse. being locked up inside a warehouse for six months, or being outside where you can see and smell the grass but not touch it.

i don’t know how many more times i can drive past this farm, once on the way to work and once on the way home, before i lose my mind.

fuck the aeta, man. fuck it.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Jeannie permalink
    August 17, 2007 9:32 pm

    Those are probably not veal crates; they are probably crates for the replacement heifers (female calves) who are kept on the dairy to replace the “spent” cows. At any given time there can be half as many replacement heifers as there are producing cows in the herd. On some farms all calves (male or female) are taken away within 24 hours; at others, the heifers will be allowed to stay with their mother and nurse for a number of weeks until they, too, are weaned and taken away. The young heifers are kept crated because it is easier to feed, monitor, and medicate them.

  2. August 17, 2007 10:58 pm

    you’re probably right, jeannie. i’d thought about that at some point and forgot, and then just wrote this in a rush on my break. either way, male or female, it still sucks and i’m tired of looking at it.

    thanks for informing the rest of my readers about the consequences of being a female in the dairy industry.

  3. August 20, 2007 11:31 pm

    {{{{sarah}}}} i would go crazy driving past them every day too.

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