Dehorning is an egregious, unnecessary, painful, permanently disfiguring mutilation
A Meat and Dairy Industries Article from All-Creatures.org

FROM Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary
June 2019

In the nearly 20 years of living with and caring for rescued cattle who have all sizes and shapes of horns, along with victims of dehorning, and polled calves (bred to be born without horns), none of us, human or hooved, have ever been injured by the horns of unmutilated animals.

horned cow

Dehorning is an egregious, unnecessary, painful, permanently disfiguring mutilation of calves, goats, and sheep . As a vegan sanctuary with ethical standards, we would never dehorn anyone, of any age or species, or declaw cats, or debeak chickens, or brand, etc. Even animal ag-industry literature admits that dehorning is of NO benefit to the individual animal. Quite the contrary – it is cruel and only ‘benefits’ the exploitive human handlers and users. There are many lifelong physical and behavioral irreversible effects individual victims of dehorning endure. Horns are needed by the animal for thermoregulation and cooling. Dehorning is extremely painful to the animal – for the rest of their life.

horned cow and goat

In the nearly 20 years of living with and caring for rescued cattle who have all sizes and shapes of horns, along with victims of dehorning, and polled calves (bred to be born without horns). None of us, human or hooved, have ever been injured by the horns of unmutilated animals.

Just like other “Standard Practices” such as debeaking - painful and permanently disfiguring amputation of a third to a half of chicken, turkey, duck beaks), and branding – a third degree burn to the flesh - and the defanging of loins tigers and bears in circus, as well as declawing of cats... the list goes on and on. Standard Practices are used to manipulate animals making them (seemingly) easier to use and exploit.

horned cows

Ethical Standards and a clear vegan mission should be what guide a vegan sanctuary. Ethical Standards include a commitment to never purposefully inflict pain, injury and or mutilations to an animal in our care. While basic veterinary procedures are necessary for sanctuaries to implement "for the benefit of the animal and the plight of the species i. e. nonbreeding," unnecessary, painful , dangerous, permanently disfiguring procedures are inherently unethical and are an abuse of power.

Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary always has been and always will be about the animals rights and humans obligations to respect those rights.



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