Hoard's Dairyman Editorial says it's time to discontinue
tail-docking. Scientific evidence suggests that it's not beneficial
for cows and that in fact bovines with docked tails actually have
more flies, not less, compared to counterparts with tails. Still,
the dairy industry defends dehorning and believe it is a practice
that can easily be explained to consumers who visit the farms, while
on the other hand, tail-docking might not be as easy to explain.
Hoard's Dairyman Editorial: It's time to discontinue tail-docking:
Although on one hand it is encouraging that the barbaric
practice of tail docking is looked at as useless and that will
hopefully will be discontinued, it is still appalling that these
farmers care more about the perception of consumers that the pain
and suffering of cows. I wonder why the dairy industry doesn’t show
the procedure of tail-docking or dehorning in their "happy cows"
commercials for example, or when they advertize their dairy
products? I would think simply because most consumers would stop
supporting such an abusive industry.
Your question and comments are welcome