Treatment of Unwanted Baby Animals

  • Desmond Bellamy


There is something profoundly primal in the sight and the sound of a baby that draws an emotional and empathetic response from adults, even those of a different species. The removal and slaughter of baby farmed animals must, therefore, be carried out as invisibly as possible, as most viewers would find the spectacle intolerable. Consensual selective blindness is an essential ingredient of all animal agriculture, but particularly the treatment of unwanted babies, considered "waste products". Case studies of male dairy calves and male cockerels illustrate the difficulty of promoting compassionate ethical positions in cases where animals have no commercial value.


Animal Welfare Council Regulation Welfare Reform Bull Calf Farm Animal Welfare 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.PETA AustraliaByron BayAustralia

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