Kristin Burns 

One of our all-time favorite rock gods, Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins, is never afraid to be outspoken, and now he’s speaking up for young cows mutilated by the dairy industry.

billy-corgan-dehorning-letterOn PETA’s behalf, Billy has sent a letter urging super-popular restaurant chain California Pizza Kitchen to join the other companies that are helping cows on dairy farms by requiring that their cheese suppliers begin phasing out “dehorning” and disbudding. Farmers can eliminate this practice by breeding for naturally hornless, or “polled,” cattle, as Corgan explains in his letter.

I have viewed the photos and watched PETA’s investigative video of these procedures, and I was appalled to see young calves who struggled and writhed in pain as searing hot irons burned their heads.

So, what exactly is dehorning? Farmers burn the sensitive budding horn tissue right off the animal’s head or mercilessly gouge the newly developing horns out, without any painkillers.

It’s obvious that this is a cruel and painful procedure, and it needs to end!

Billy Corgan joins peta2’s growing list of celeb supporters—including Ryan Gosling and Casey Affleck—who have already spoken out about this cruel practice.