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If you’ve been hanging around peta2 for a while, you’ve probably heard of “dehorning,” which is the process that some factory farms use to “protect their product”—that is, remove cows’ only ability to defend themselves and fight back against the cruelty that is rampant in the meat and dairy industries. Most farmers remove the sensitive horn tissue or the horns themselves from the cows’ skulls using searing-hot irons, caustic chemicals, blades, or hand saws.
Farmers might tell you that they do this for the well-being of the animals—but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Workers do this so that cows don’t injure each other or humans because of the emotional distress and unnatural conditions that they’re forced to endure on factory farms—including being packed in with thousands of other animals, living in their own waste, being forcibly impregnated, and getting hauled off to slaughter.
The best way to stop dehorning? Go vegan, and stop supporting it. Also, urge companies such as California Pizza Kitchen to demand that their suppliers stop this cruel mutilation by breeding for naturally hornless, or “polled,” cattle.