Oscar-nominated actor Casey Affleck is known for his excellence on the silver screen, including in esteemed movies such as Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Ocean’s Eleven, Gone Baby Gone, and many others.
His accolades follow him now to another production. This time, it’s for the animals. Casey joins PETA for a public service announcement exposing the gruesome mutilation of cows who have their horns and sensitive horn tissue cut or burned from their skulls on dairy farms nationwide.
Most people do not realize that cows used for their milk are born with very sensitive tissue that later develops into horns—a fact that is purposefully hidden from consumers. Instead, farmers use caustic chemicals, searing-hot irons, or guillotine-like devices to “dehorn” cows, destroying the horns or developing horn tissue.
“Cows and calves struggle desperately during dehorning,” Casey reveals in his new exposé, “thrashing, tossing their heads, rearing up, switching their tails, bellowing, and collapsing to the ground—all signs of severe pain and distress. All these procedures are routinely performed without giving the animals any painkillers whatsoever.”
A cow’s natural lifespan is about 25 years, but cows used by the dairy industry are killed after only four or five years. After being forced to produce four and a half times the amount of milk that they would naturally, cows’ exhausted bodies are turned into soup, companion-animal food, or low-grade hamburger meat because they are too “spent” to be used for anything else.
Join Casey and Go Vegan!
The easiest way for you to help cows abused for their milk is to stop buying it. You can try out delicious, healthy, and cruelty-free nondairy milks, cheeses, ice creams, and more from our list of dairy-free products. Then join Casey and take the pledge to go vegan today!