Animal Profile: Caring About Calves

Care of Bonnie Shulman   Baby cows can do the most extraordinary things. Take Durham, a hungry yet underweight calf living on a farm in England. He was given second helpings every day to help him put on more weight. Durham learned to recognize the different people on the farm; so that when he wanted a third helping, he never asked the person who had fed him, but someone else instead, putting on an extravagant show to pretend he hadn’t been fed yet that day. Calves are cute, mischievous, and they love their moms. They like to play with the other calves and in these respects they are very much like human children. Unfortunately, on dairy farms the bonds between calves and their mothers are broken far too early. Male calves are the unwanted by-products of the dairy industry. Most male dairy calves are either slaughtered as soon as they are born or simply heaped in a pile and discarded as trash. Some farmers sell their unwanted male calves to be raised for beef or veal. Beef calves undergo a multitude of invasive and often very painful procedures, in most cases without an anesthetic, to keep costs down. Veal calves… Read More

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