This is the sad reality of dairy farms – tiny calves, skinny and frightened, snatched away from their mums just a few hours after birth, confined to live in this plastic isolation. Many call for their mums, desperately seeking comfort that never comes.
Their mothers, with no calves to suckle, are turned into milking machines, having their milk pumped out at an eye-watering speed so it can be sold to people.
Many little calves don’t survive this trauma and die of severe diarrhoea caused by inadequate milk replacer and constant stress while some succumb to infection.
Those female calves who make it eventually replace their exhausted mothers. Thousands of teetering male calves are shot in the head shortly after birth – as useless byproducts of dairy farming. Others are sold for veal in the UK or shipped overseas.
This is modern dairy farming and the future is one of even bigger farms where cows are permanently indoors, never graze and produce up to 10 times more milk than is natural.
Please help us expose the cruel reality of dairy farming! We want to place eye-catching and informative adverts in buses this September to reach as many commuters as possible and we need your help to make it happen. The dairy industry is investing millions in shameless advertising and we need to fight back.