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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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Jennifer

How about stop slaughter altogether. That would be the smart answer.

Rebecca

I feel bad for all animals that are abused. We need to all take a stand and fight to stop abuse on these poor animals. They have the right to live. People who abuse animals have problems. If you don't want the animals then don't have any. There's no need to abuse them. They are God's animals and have the right to live too.

SallyH

IF YOU LOVE ANIMALS LIKE I DO BECOME A VEGETARIAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I LOVE ANIMALS SO SHOULD YOU!!!!!
IT WILL SAVE ALL THOSE ANIMALS THAT YOU LOVE!!!!

Gini

We need to put an End to the slaughter of all baby cows, not just the sick ones! It is a horrible cruel thing to stuff and confine a baby , never letting it have a life of joy and grazing.
Three weeks of life is all they get ? Who here is playing God !?
It is sickening ! These poor creatures, like many others, never get a chance to enjoy life. Like the geese, pigs, hens, etc. Stop All suffering! They were NOT put here to live a painful life!

maria weatherall

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Lisa Gregory

Why wait until the bred calf is sick??......stop the sale of veal and lamb!!!.......PERIOD!!!!!

Cecilia

This is cruel and barbaric. And I would not dought there is plenty of e-coli and other diseases in these poor creatures. Stop the sale of veal and lamb. Stop eating meat as well.

Farmer 111

This is Bull Shit

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