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Urge Earth Fare to Require Suppliers to Stop Dehorning Cows

Cows used for milk are often born with tissue that will develop into horns, but you rarely see horns because most farmers destroy the sensitive horn tissue or the horns themselves using searing-hot irons, caustic chemicals, blades, or hand saws.

The solution: Farmers can breed for naturally hornless, or polled, cows. Dairy farmers already select for desirable traits when breeding, including more trivial traits such as coat color. It’s just as easy to select for the hornless trait. A single gene determines whether or not a cow will have horns, and this approach has proved effective in widely stopping cruel dehorning in the beef industry. We’re making sure that the dairy industry catches up. Indeed, steps are now being taken by major producers who are reported to supply companies such as Walmart, Costco, Kroger, Safeway, and Trader Joe’s. PETA has shared this information with Earth Fare, which states that its “vision is to be the most trusted organic and natural food market in the country—a place where … people have confidence in the food they buy,” but the company has refused to act to stop this horrific suffering in its supply chain.

Please take a moment to write to Earth Fare and politely urge the company to require its suppliers to phase out the practice of dehorning.

Please send polite comments to:

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Please feel free to use our sample letter, but remember that using your own words is always more effective.