18 May 2011

Mercy for Animals and Gentle Barn work together to save four of the E6 calves

Less than a month after the appalling story was released about the E6 Cattle Co., Mercy for Animals and the Gentle Barn animal sanctuary have joined forces and coordinated the release of four calves once destined to die.

E6 is a factory farm in Texas, responsible for breeding calves for use in dairy farms. It is a huge operation, raising more than 10,000 animals a year, and sadly killing many in the most brutal way. Undercover footage from E6 (made possible only by someone posing as a worker in the plant) shows unwanted calves being killed with pickaxes and hammers, burning horns out without pain relief, standing on their necks and pulling their ears. Along with the help of a compassionate insider, the animals now have the chance to live a long and happy life, free from the cruelty that they left behind.

The video below tells some of the harrowing story, and also shows Nathan Runkle (Executive Director of Mercy for Animals) with the team behind the Gentle Barn, Ellie Laks and Jay Weiner explaining the rescue and how the dairy industry is responsible for the deaths of so many innocent animals in this country.

Bev Hahler | @redhotvegan
Bev, a vegetarian since she was 14 years old, became more interested in veganism several years ago after studying Agro-business as part of an Ecology degree. She has a gorgeous daughter in second grade who has been a vegetarian her whole life (lucky girl). Follow Bev on her blog and Facebook.

Photo credit: Screen capture/MFA