investigation

CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Mothers and Calves Repeatedly Beaten and Tormented With Water Hose and Crutches at Farm in Buckinghamshire, UK

INVESTIGATION RELEASE: FEBRUARY 26th 2019

BREAKING: Footage sent to Surge by independent investigators has documented horrific scenes at the small, ‘local’ farm in Buckinghamshire. The shocking footage shows farmers at C.J & G.R Carnell (Horton Wharf, Slapton) punching, kicking and throwing tiny newborn calves, as well as using hose pipes and crutches to torment mother cows. The footage also shows standard dairy industry practices, including the artificial insemination of dairy cows and the separation of newborn calves from their mothers. The investigation also documented a mother cow giving birth to a stillborn baby, who she then attempts to nurture.

The UK dairy industry prides itself on high welfare standards, happy animals and humane treatment. However, the reality is that there is no happy or humane way to exploit or use an animal for our own gain - and welfare standards do not protect animals from exploitation and abuse. Whilst animals continue to be viewed as commodities and treated as such, their lives will never be valued within an industry whose only objective is to profit off of their bodies. Abuse towards animals is not only isolated on this farm but exists within the entire industry, meaning the only way to take a stand against animal abuse is to live vegan.

Mother cows have an incredibly deep, loving connection to their children, just as we humans do to our children. The social structure within herds is based on matriarchal families, with mother cows and their daughters remaining grooming and grazing partners for their whole lives. Once separated from their mothers, female dairy calves face the same fate as their mothers, a life of artificial insemination and stolen children before their life ends at the slaughterhouse. Male calves are of no use to the dairy industry and generally less suitable for beef production. This means that every year around 90,000 male dairy calves are shot soon after birth and discarded as a by-product.

There is no such thing as humane dairy. You can help protect cows by going vegan and by sharing this information with friends and family.

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