A new exposé in to the NZ dairy industry shows ongoing suffering of cows and their calves. A year on from the explosive 2015 exposé by SAFE and Farmwatch, footage shows that the cruelty continues in the 2016 calving season:
Mother cows are recorded desperately trying
to stay with their calves
Calves are seen being pulled out of cages
and roughly thrown on to transport trucks.
A calf is shown being roughly dragged away
from his mother by his hind legs
Following last year’s exposé of cruelty in the NZ dairy industry which sparked international outrage, in August this year the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) released regulations on the treatment of bobby calves. The new laws are mediocre at best for the two million bobby calves slaughtered every single year, especially as many of the regulations don’t come in to force until 2017. Tightening up laws only goes so far. The reality is that taking calves from their mothers and sending them to slaughter from as young as four days old is unethical and cruel.
SAFE and Farmwatch will continue to shine the spotlight on the NZ dairy industry; forcing change in a business that is inherently cruel, based on taking calves away from their mothers and sending them to the slaughterhouse so that their mothers’ milk can be sold. There needs to be significant improvement in the treatment of bobby calves, the creation of an animal welfare ministry separate from MPI, and the allocation of sufficient funding to enforce the law.
On a personal level, you can help calves by joining the thousands of caring individuals that have told us they are committing to go dairy-free.