(FARM ANIMALS/ANIMAL WELFARE) KENTUCKY — The Kentucky Livestock Care Standards Commission has finally decided to ban veal crates, becoming the eighth state to prohibit the cruel practice.

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Kentucky is the eighth state to ban veal crates. Photo Credit: Associated Press

The veal industry is a direct byproduct of the dairy industry. Male calves are taken from their mother’s at birth since they are incapable of producing milk, and are used for veal instead.

Veal crates confine dairy calves into extremely small spaces for the duration of their short lives (approximately 16 weeks). The crates are so small the animals are largely immobilized their entire lives. To make matters worse, the calves are often tethered by their necks to further restrict movement.

It’s clear veal crates are disgusting and inhumane, but only seven other states have banned the practice: Arizona, California, Maine, Ohio, Colorado, Michigan, and Rhode Island.

Gestation crates are thought to be the most inhumane factory farming act. Photo Credit: Peta.org
Gestation crates are considered to be one of the most inhumane factory farming acts. Photo Credit: Peta

Although this ruling is a positive one, Kentucky has yet to ban other inherently cruel factory farming practices, including:

  • Keeping breeding pigs in gestation crates. This is known to be one of the most inhumane factory farming acts. Pregnant sows are forced to live out their lives in crates so small the pigs are unable to stand or even move one inch in either direction.
  • Tail docking of dairy cows. This cruel practice involves the partial amputation of up to two-thirds of the cow’s tail, typically performed without anesthetic. A report by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) proves the act of docking dairy cows’ tails does not make it more sanitary for humans to milk the animals, thus making this a cruel and unusual punishment for helpless cows.

The HSUS wrote in response to Kentucky’s latest legislation:

“The commission made important progress by banning cruel veal crates, but it has a lot more work to do to fulfill its mandate of creating meaningful standards of care,” says Pam Rogers, Kentucky state director for The HSUS.

“Kentucky should move quickly to ban the pork industry’s confinement of mother pigs in metal cages so small they can’t turn around and the cutting off of dairy cows’ tails.”

The new ruling will go into full effect in 2018.

— Cara Meyers, exclusive to Global Animal