Here is a compilation of blogs I have seen in response to the Mercy For Animals video of calf abuse from Texas. Coming from those farmers who care greatly for their animals the common themes all the posts have is outrage, anger and disappointment towards those committing the cruelty.
(If I have missed any responses please leave a comment with the link and I will add them)
Ray-Lin Dairy Is going Vegan the Answer to Animal Abuse?
Haley Farms No Mercy For Animal Abuse
Agriculture Proud Quality Food Begins With Quality Animal Care
Agriculture Proud Video – Ranchers Care About Animal Welfare
Cause Matters The Tears I’ve Shed…. Animal Abuse
Crystal Cattle Animal Abuse in Agriculture
Dairy Innovation Animal abuse: Still a Big No No!
Zweber Farms Video:Calf Care on Zweber Farms December 2010
Zweber Family Farm News Calf and Animal Care is our Number One!
Orange Patch Dairy Too mad to go to bed!
killrocfarms Animal abuse: Never acceptable
Pinke Post Link Up Wordless/Wordful Wednesday: Despite Animal Abuse Headlines
Life as an Iowa Farmwife Animal Abuse, Undercover Videos, and Doing the Right Thing
From the Tractor Seat Animal Abuse
The Ole Cowmilkers Random Thoughts Animal Care
Buzzard’s Beat No Excuse
ag – a colorful adventure Hold People to A Higher Standard
Reflections from a Country Boy We Care For Our Livestock!
Loos Tales Interview with the owner of E6 Ranch
Slow Money Farm – Life, Farm, Food Double Standards and Bad Days
Around the Farm Blog Fighting moral fire with moral fire
My View Quality Animal Care
Maricle Minute: Family, Food, & Farm Atrocious!
Jersey [Cow] Girl And So It Goes
Dairy Devotion Why am I doing this?
Pearl Snap’s Ponderings Animal Abuse Unacceptable
Topwinds Dairy Animal Care is Priority
Purple Poke Animal Abuse – Simply Unacceptable
Food For Thought – The Blog Enraged: Animal Abuse Video
Beef Daily Blog A Rancher’s Letter To You About Animal Abuse
Wag’N Tales Safe at home
A Farm Girl’s Perspective Do those shooting animal abuse videos really have mercy for the animals?
FarmersWife30 Heartbreak and Anger
Loos Tales Nathan Runkle founder Mercy for Animals on E6 Ranch
The Frolicking Farmgirl No Excuse for Animal Abuse
Haley Farms Why Animal Abuse?
Cow Spots and Tales 100% NOT okay
Northview Dairy And the Badly Ugly
A Dairy Goddess’ Blog Spring, Harvest, Calves And Cheese: A Few Of Dairy Goddesses Favorite Things
- Is going Vegan the answer to animal abuse? (raylindairy.wordpress.com)
- Texas Sheriff Investigates Animal-Cruelty Video (online.wsj.com)
- Shocking Video Shows Dairy Calves Bludgeoned with Pick Axe (Video) (treehugger.com)
- Hidden Camera Shows Abuse at Texas Cattle Farm (newser.com)
I’ve also posted a video response on my YouTube page. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxTUdMLrYgw
Hi Ray, Two more blogs for you:
Here is my take on the situation, as well as a post from the Food For Thought group:
My reply to the post on the Examiner:
Food For Thought:
Please tell me what you do with all of the calves born at your farm. Thank you.
They are raised off site until 4 months of age when they return.
Great post Ray!
If Mercy for Animals really cared about protecting animals from abuse, they would quit worrying so much about their agenda and stop the abuse as soon as it happened!
I discuss the situation further on my blog: http://celestelaurent.com/?p=3205
Thanks for compiling all of these responses Ray! I know you and the majority of farmers DO CARE FOR YOUR ANIMALS!
Thanks for putting together a great list. I had to take some time to process what I’d viewed in the video. My take can be viewed at farmerswife30.wordpress.com
Great post Ray. Thanks for putting together this list and including my blog. Keep up the work.
Great idea to make this list! It’s encouraging to see so many people weighing in on this and then sharing their own farm’s story
Just what the public needs to see. An operation owned by a corporation, hiring illegal aliens to beat calves to death. You will notice I didn’t mention farming. This is not farming. I am appalled to be lumped into the same group with them!
Paul I too am appalled at the actions of a few in Texas. However I have know personal knowledge of the E6 Ranch and can’t say they are a corporation or their employees are illegal aliens. Both may well be true as well as they could also be false. I am only judging what I saw on the video and will leave judgment on any unknowns to such a time that I have the proper knowledge to make an accurate judgement.
The film about two former dairy-farmers is amazing –
who happen to now be plant-based doctors:
FORKS OVER KNIVES.
View the trailer:
I agree with Critter Mike (whose post I don’t see up here) – – if people really cared about animals, they wouldn’t be in the business of making a buck off of these gentle animals and exploiting them. That is what it is: exploitation. No matter how you try to dance around it. I guess some people can “love” the animals while simultaneously exploiting them, but to many of us that shows a disconnect of conscience.
My health got so much better years ago when I went vegan, and I can’t imagine ever going back.
And nutritionally, many of us have found the work of these doctors to be more than intelligent and compelling:
What: Forks Over Knives Screening at Sunshine Cinema
When: Sunday, May 8, 2011 11:00 AM
Where: Landmark Sunshine Theater
143 E Houston St
New York, NY 10002
Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods. The major storyline traces the personal journeys of Dr. T. Colin Campbell, a nutritional scientist from Cornell University, and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, a former top surgeon at the world renowned Cleveland Clinic. Inspired by remarkable discoveries in their young careers, these men conducted several groundbreaking studies. Their separate research led them to the same startling conclusion: degenerative diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even several forms of cancer, could almost always be prevented—and in many cases reversed—by adopting a whole foods, plant-based diet. In addition, cameras follow “reality patients” who have chronic conditions from heart disease to diabetes, and are taught by their doctors to adopt a whole foods plant-based diet as the primary approach to treat their ailments.
One of the great things about this country we live in is that we can all have freedom in our beliefs and expressions. I am a firm believer in the freedom to have choices and the ability to exercise that right to choose whether it be diet, lifestyle or career.
Hello Dairy Farmers… uh , we get it , not all dairies are bad. But MFA is most certainley doing the right thing in exposing cruelty. I know this has negative effects on your “good” business as well. And believe me I love milk and cheese but NOT at the expense of those pitiful animals. We consumers don’t know which dairy farms are being cruel vs. which ones are not. How about ya’ll stepping up and making sure the Dairy Business has strict policies , laws, and consequences to guard against the bad guys getting away with it. Surely word travels in small circles and whispers of abuse are heard. Do something about it and Root them out so I can enjoy some cheese with a peace of mind !!
The National Dairy Farm program is one of the many things we are doing as Dairy Farmers to help hold other accountable.