"Because animals are property, we
consider as 'humane treatment' that we would regard as torture if it
were inflicted on humans."
- Gary L. Francione
dairy farmers routinely chop off the tails of newborn calves, making them
unable to swat away flies from the rear-most region of their
feces-encrusted bottoms...forget for a moment that the essence of bovine
fecal material taints every quart of milk sold in America. Today's
commentary is regarding cow comfort. Without a tail, flies fly
unhindered to the delightful bouquet of feces.
Dairy Irony: The May
10, 2011 issue of Hoard's Dairyman (The National Dairy Farm Magazine)
contains an ad for a chemical product which kills nuisance flies
attracted by cow odors. The product is called "QuickBayt" and the add on
page 339 of the May 10th issue claims:
"QuickBayt is a
cold-blooded nuisance fly killer."
Now, for the comedy.
Comedy: On page 328 of the May 10th issue, Hoard's reports the results
of an experiment in which three different categories of fly repellents
(water, chemical repellent, and acid) were tested for their effectiveness
in doing a better job than the natural tail (fly swatter) cows are born
"Commercial teat dips claiming to
repel flies actually do the opposite...The investigators found that all
three (products) actually acted as attractants rather than
I read the May 10th issue and wondered, how could
Hoard's print an ad which claims that such repellents are effective,
and then publish the truth that they are not? Seems to me that Hoard's
will lose one very unhappy advertiser.
And the cows with no tails
and with no way to combat biting flies?
They suffer one more
indignity and torture in their painful lives before their gruesome
deaths. Having their jugular veins and carotid arteries sliced in
slaughterhouses becomes their relief as a dairyman's final solution.