Theo...Saved from Slaughter

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Theo...Saved from Slaughter

From Animal Place
November 2012

calf dairy veal Animal PlaceTorn from his mother, sold to a backyard slaughterer, Theodore is lucky he made a break for freedom into a neighbor's backyard. Now, he is safe but he needs your help to grow up strong.

Theodore is alive because someone cared enough to make one phone call. The young calf was being raised illegally for eventual slaughter in an urban neighborhood of Sacramento. When the calf busted through a fence into a neighbor's yard, instead of returning the calf, the neighbor made the best decision and called animal control.

And when we received the call, we had to help. Our staff drove immediately to the dog and cat shelter, picking up the calf. His poop-encrusted tail told us he had not been fed properly and needed immediate care.

Theodore was born on a small dairy farm. Like all male calves, he was taken from his mom moments after birth and shoved into a pen by himself. His cries went unheeded as his mom was forced into another cycle of pregnancy and milking.

Male calves are the trash of the dairy industry and are often sold to be slaughtered for veal or cheap dairy beef. They never nurse from their mom or frolick with other calves. They live solitary lives until brutally slaughtered.

Please do your part to prevent the suffering of animals like Theodore: