Hollywood
heartthrob and longtime PETA supporter Ryan Gosling was appalled to learn
that dairy farmers routinely mutilate
calves in a cruel process called dehorning. When he heard that workers burn away calves’ horn tissue with hot irons or
caustic chemicals, gouge their horns out with sharp metal scoops, or chop off
developed horns with guillotines and handsaws, he took his concerns straight to
the top.

Ryan penned a letter to Jerry Kozak, the
president and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation, urging him to
require farmers to phase out dehorning
 by breeding for polled, or naturally hornless, cattle.

Workers
use a number of painful
of methods
 to remove calves’ sensitive
horn tissue—each one more horrifying than the last. Intense pain is evident from video footage that captured young calves
as they bellow, struggle frantically, and collapse from fear and agony. And
what’s more, dehorning is completely unnecessary, as Ryan outlined in his
letter:

“As you
know, there is a simple and humane alternative: breeding for polled cows. The
American Veterinary Medical Association, the U.S. Department of Agriculture,
and third-party animal welfare auditing groups recognize the benefits of polled
genetics for the dairy industry, so there is absolutely no reason—and no
excuse—for the cruel, unnecessary practice of dehorning to continue. Please do
the right thing and take action today.”

Dehorning
is one of the most painful things done to cows used by the dairy industry, and the time has come to
phase out this cruel mutilation.

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Article source: PETA Action Alerts

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