In February this year Viva! and other animal rights groups joined together for a big protest against live export outside the Scottish parliament. Last week the live export industry hit the headlines again, this time with shocking undercover footage of young calves being brutally beaten and kicked by farm workers.
At just two weeks old these calves were in transit from Ireland to the Netherlands, where they’ll be sold for cheap beef or veal. The footage shows farm workers at the control post in France beating these young animals with wooden sticks in the face. The calves were crammed into small pens and visibly shaken when the farm workers were filmed shouting at them and pushing them into the next pen.
When one of the calves fell and struggled to get back up, the farm worker repeatedly hit the calf’s face. When another calf walked towards the milk feeders the farm worker kicked his face again and again. The footage, filmed by the campaigning groups Eyes on Animals and L214, shows that the poor little calves are painfully mishandled: pulled by the ears; forcefully pushed into feed buckets and brutally smacked to the floor. Charges of cruelty to animals have been filed, which the French police are currently investigating.
Last year, 160,000 calves were transported from Ireland to mainland Europe to be sold for cheap beef or veal. They face extremely long journeys, without food and water – only to face further abuse when arriving at rest points. It’s no wonder that many calves don’t survive the journey. They’re treated just like TRASH, useless by-products of the dairy industry.
At two weeks old these vulnerable babies should still be with their mothers. In nature, calves would suckle from their mum for nine months to a year. The bond between a cow and her babies is as strong as the bond between human mothers and their babies. The separation is extremely traumatic.
The pain and suffering these innocent babies endure just so humans can enjoy their mothers’ milk and later their own flesh is unthinkable. It’s in your power to stop this unnecessary cruelty by going vegan!
You can find vegan alternatives literally everywhere nowadays. Frankie and Benny’s for example recently released a new vegan menu, which includes a vegan cheese cake, and all major supermarket chains stock a wide range of vegan milk and cheese alternatives