||Animals in the Wild
by Jim Robertson
Response to "Suspect in calf-clubbing has farm ties"
This letter appeared in the Seattle
In reading “Suspect in calf clubbings
has farm ties“, Saturday, August 31, 2002, about the killer moving from
pen to pen, systematically bludgeoning 33 dairy calves, I was reminded of
Ted Bundy’s murderous rampage at the worst of his serial killing career.
In a scenario strikingly similar to these calf-clubbings, Bundy hunted
from room to room in Florida State University’s Chi Omega sorority,
bashing in the skulls of 4 sleeping girls with an oak club. Each
perpetrator was venting psychopathic rage through an impulsive,
self-centered tantrum that left innocent victims suffering or dead.
Weighing the crime in terms of lost
dollar value of the calves and their future milk production demonstrates
that society has yet to see animal cruelty for what it really is--a
conscienceless disregard for the lives and suffering of other sentient
And are readers expected to believe
the Dairy Association’s line that farmers “work with these animals because
we love them” and that cows “are like family” to them? On today’s dairy
farms, calves are penned separate from their nurturing and protective
mothers. Males are often confined in veal crates to further restrict their
movement. Cows are repeatedly impregnated and treated like nothing more
than machines for their few short years until their milk production drops
off. Then they, like the veal calves, are crowded into semi-trailers and
shipped to the slaughterhouse where they wait in fear for what can be as
hideous a death as that wrought by the bat-wielding sociopath.
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