This procedure is extremely traumatic to young calves, who are often
just a few weeks old when their horn buds are burned or cut out of their heads.
Older cows fare even worse. Dehorning in mature cattle usually requires
amputation of the horn, which has already attached itself to the skull. Tools used
for this procedure include saws, sharp wires, or gruesome guillotine dehorners, which also slice off the surrounding skin. Horn removal in older animals can
lead to post-operative problems of hemorrhage, tissue necrosis, bone fracture,
sinusitis, and even death. The wound caused by this amputation can take three months
or more to heal.
Farmers are fully aware that dehorning is
painful, and it is up to the industry to phase out this excruciating mutilation.
One simple solution is to breed for naturally hornless cows. A single gene
determines whether or not a cow will have horns, and this approach has proved
effective in the beef industry.
However, the easiest and most effective way for
consumers to save cows from the misery of factory farms is to stop buying cow’s
milk and other dairy products and choose instead from the dozens of vegan
milks, cheeses, yogurts, coffee creamers, and ice creams available in grocery
stores. Browse PETA’s website for hundreds of free vegan recipes, and pledge to
be vegan today!
Article source: PETA Action Alerts