PETA’s ‘Cow’ in Kansas City: California Pizza Kitchen, Stop Mutilating Calves

Company Refuses to Help Stop Painful Dehorning of Calves

For Immediate Release: 
May 29, 2013 

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382 

Kansas City, Mo. – PETA members—led by a “cow” wearing bandages where her horns should be and holding a sign that reads, “CPK: Cheese From Mutilated Cows”—will hold a spirited protest outside the California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) on Pennsylvania Avenue in Kansas City on Thursday. Their point? That even though PETA has explained to the company in detail the cruelty of burning off calves’ horn tissue with a hot iron or caustic paste, CPK officials have refused to ask the company’s cheese suppliers to end this barbaric practice.

When:   Thursday, May 30, 12 noon

Where:  California Pizza Kitchen, 4743 Pennsylvania Ave. (near the intersection with W. 48th Street), Kansas City, Mo.

As shown in PETA’s dehorning video exposé, narrated by Academy Award nominee Casey Affleck, workers on dairy farms commonly burn off horn tissue using hot irons or a caustic paste. The animals struggle and cry out in pain during these procedures. Breeding for naturally hornless, or “polled,” cows eliminates any need for this mutilation.

“Everything from common sense to scientific studies tells us that calves experience excruciating pain when their horn tissue is chemically burned off with a caustic paste or hot iron,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “Instead of standing idly by, California Pizza Kitchen should be taking action to help phase out this painful mutilation of baby cows.

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