Let's Not Forget
Down and Feathers
Cows are exploited by humans for their meat, milk and skin, reducing
these wonderful animals to nothing more than products for our use. If you want to learn more
about these sweet animals, please check out my Animal
Facts Cows page.
Most beef cattle are not well taken care
of on the ranges where they live. They often don't get the necessary
veterinary help and aren't adequately protected against the changing
weather. Some cows die of dehydration or freeze to death.
The branding of a cow.
Several methods are used so ranchers can identify their
cattle. One very common method is a combination of ear tags and tattoos.
Another common method is hot brands (see the picture on the left). Less
common methods include freeze brands, ear notches, neck chains and horn
When cattle is rounded up
by the ranchers, they can get very scared and are often injured. When cows
are injured to the point that they can no longer stand or walk, they are
called "downed". Some downed animals are neglected and left to
die while others are beaten and dragged on their way to slaughter.
Downed cow. Behind her you see her
On your left you see the picture of a downed calf, only a
few hours old. He was left for dead at a New York Stockyard. He was
rescued by Farm
Sanctuary and currently lives at their Watkins Glen shelter.
Other stressful events in the life of cattle are the many
transportations they have to endure. They are forced to travel in extreme
heat or freezing temperatures. While traveling they urinate and defecate
right in the trailers.
Beef Cattle in a Feedlot
Before slaughter, most beef cattle are brought to feedlots where they
are implanted with growth-promoting hormones and given unnaturally rich
diets to fatten them up.
In the slaughterhouse, the cows are 'stunned' by a
mechanical blow to the head. This method is very inadequate and a lot of
cows are hung upside down while still conscious. Whether conscious or
not, they will end up having their throats slashed with knives. A sad
ending to a very sad life.
For more information, please check out the following
At the slaughterhouse, cows are hung upside down, their throats are
cut, and they are bled to death.
Copyright © 2008 by Wanda Embar and its licensors. All Rights
Beef: USDA public domain.
Beef cattle, downed cow and slaughterhouse pictures by
Transportation picture by
The Animals Voice.
Cow branding © 2004 www.clipart.com.