Livestock Industry Unites In Condemnation Of Dairy Calf Abuse shown in recently released video footage. A statement from eight Texas cattle, dairy and ag organizations, including TCFA, said the groups “are appalled by the deplorable euthanasia methods depicted in the Mercy for Animals video. They in no way reflect the actions of the thousands of Texas farmers and ranchers who work hard every day to provide their animals with the best care possible.
“Blunt force is specifically prohibited as a means of euthanasia by the American Association of Bovine Practitioners and the American Veterinary Medical Association. The euthanasia methods in this video violate these standards.
“The industry works hard to ensure farmers and ranchers are trained in all areas of animal care and treatment and will continue those efforts.
“We encourage and support a full investigation by local authorities. Good animal care and treatment is an obligation, not an option for farmers and ranchers, and we take this responsibility very seriously.”
According to the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP), in the event that a disease or condition results in the need for an animal’s euthanasia, there are guidelines available for humane euthanasia (http://www.aabp.org/resources/euth.pdf).
“Any person witnessing willful acts of animal cruelty, abuse, or neglect, such as those portrayed in this video, bears responsibility for immediately contacting local authorities in lieu of continued observation or video-recording for other ulterior motivations,” AABP said. “Animal care programs are available to all cattle owners to provide structured on-farm training and animal welfare assessments. The veterinary profession strongly promotes humane care and handling practices for all livestock, and the abuse seen in this situation cannot be tolerated.”