Shareholder Question Asks Company to Stop Painfully Gouging Horns out of Calves' Heads When There's a Better Alternative
For Immediate Release:
May 14, 2014
Shakira Croce 202-483-7382
Denver — – WhiteWave’s dairy suppliers destroy or remove calves’ horns or horn tissue by using searing-hot irons or caustic chemicals or by cutting or gouging horns out of the animals’ heads as the calves thrash in pain, as seen in this video narrated by actor Casey Affleck. All these excruciatingly painful procedures are typically performed without the use of any painkillers. That’s why PETA, which has purchased stock in WhiteWave, will ask the company at its annual meeting in Denver on Thursday to breed for polled (hornless) cows and phase out dehorning.
When: Thursday, May 15, 9:30 a.m.
Where: Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Ricketson Auditorium, 2001 Colorado Blvd. (near the intersection with Montview Boulevard), Denver
“Calves experience excruciating pain when their horns are gouged out of their skulls or their horn tissue is burned out without painkillers,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “WhiteWave can insist that its suppliers end these hideous mutilations, and PETA wants other shareholders to help us compel the company to do so.”
The struggling of calves during dehorning increases the risk of additional trauma and blood loss. The resulting wounds are also prone to infection and fly larvae infestations. By breeding for polled cattle—which causes at least half the calves to be born hornless—dairy farmers can eliminate this cruel practice. The gene for polled cattle is dominant, so it can stay in the herd.
PETA's question is available upon request. For more information, please visit PETA.org.