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USDA Promises to Stop Allowing Slaughter of Debilitated Veal Calves

Monday, March 25, 2013 - 4:45pm
USDA Promises to Stop Allowing Slaughter of Debilitated Veal Calves

It’s about time. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced its intention to ban the slaughter of veal calves who are too sick, injured or weak to stand.

Many experts believe “downer” adult cattle are at higher risk of having Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), also known as mad cow disease. For that reason, the USDA has already banned the slaughter of adult downer cattle, requiring that they be promptly and humanely euthanized. However, downer calves may be kept alive indefinitely in slaughter facility pens, leaving them vulnerable to cruel mistreatment.

“This decision should close a loophole that has allowed sick calves to be roughly handled, neglected and left to suffer,” says Suzanne McMillan, ASPCA Director of Farm Animal Welfare.“We hope the agency will enact these changes quickly to protect calves and consumers.”

Nearly 700,000 veal calves are slaughtered annually in the U.S.—many are under three weeks of age.

While the USDA has committed to changing its policy on downer calf slaughter, the agency still needs to issue a new rule to formalize the change and put it into effect.

Take Action!
Please tell the USDA to prioritize protecting calves from cruelty. Email U.S. Agriculture Secretary Vilsack and Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) Administrator Almanza today and urge them to change regulations on downer calves immediately.

• FSIS Administrator Alfred V. Almanza:  AgSec@usda.gov
• Secretary Tom Vilsack: AgSec@usda.gov

To learn more about downer animals and the veal industry, please visit our Factory Farming Section.

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Maria Beltran

We need to protect calves from cruelty! Nearly 700,000 veal calves are slaughtered annually in the U.S. many are under three weeks of age.

Maria Beltran

We need to protect calves from cruelty! Nearly 700,000 veal calves are slaughtered annually in the U.S. many are under three weeks of age.

Melizza

Please banned slaughter houses little cows need their mom so they can get fed by their own mother instead of the mother cow feeding humans

Geena Philip

Hello Secretary Vilsack and FSIS Administrator Almanza,

I urge you to please prioritize protecting calves from cruelty in slaughterhouses and elsewhere. It is a disgrace that any animal suffers at the hands of humans, but especially horrific that sick, injured, or weak animals suffer at the hands of their human handlers. It is imperative that you change and enforce regulations on downer calves protection immediately.

Sincerely,

Geena Philip

Martha Deetjen

So sad.

Stacie

We need to protect calves from cruelty!!!! Nearly 700,000 calves are slaughtered annually in the U.S and many are under three weeks of age. Stop this cruelty and ban all slaughter houses!!!!

Lauren

Please ban the slaughter of veal calves..injured or not. It's just torturous

Gina Boyce

The mistreatment of any animals, is cruel and disgusting. Period. Whether they are in factory farms, labs, traps, circuses, zoos, puppy mills etc. it is WRONG, WRONG, WRONG! Period. What kind of greedy, sick country have we become. It sickens me.

Jessica

Its inhumane,a disgrace and sad. I will not and donot eat veal for this exact reason. Its wrong.

Marie Davis

What the hell is wrong with the human race. All of these non- human species have been on this Earth long before humans appeared. These other species deserve to be here, than the humans, they all came first! The human race makes me sick! We better start taking care of the Earth and all of the non- human species! Or we will regret it. Humans in my opinion are a disgusting, slimy, gross, species that deserves to be knocked down! We are supposed to be the guardians of Earth! But apparently some greedy disgusting humans are destroying life. These creatures and all other non- human creatures have every right to be here than humans!!!!!!!

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