Skip to comments.Parents Outraged After Kids Given PETA Pamphlet Showing Mutilated Cows
Posted on 02/04/2014 7:35:44 PM PST by BenLurkin
WOODLAND HILLS (CBSLA.com) Parents say they are considering taking PETA to court over an innocent-looking comic handed out to children at Calabash Elementary School in Woodland Hills that contained graphic images of mutilated cows.
Claire Borsheim and many other parents at the Woodland Hills campus were outraged after PETA handed out the pamphlets to their children the same day a baby cow was on campus for a lesson about dairy farming.
The pamphlet appeared to be a cartoon comic and was titled A Cows Life, but the images inside were horrifying, parents said.
My 6-year-old daughter was handed one of these comics, saw the insert of the mutilated cow that I ripped away right away, she started flipping through it and saw pictures of baby cows being electrocuted, factory farms with machetes, I mean, just graphically horrifying images for a 6 year old, Borsheim said.
The images are pretty graphic, parent Shawn Belschner said. Theyre of mutilated cows, infected cows, cows being dehorned, cows in bad conditions. I dont think its good for any child.
The graphic leaflet showing cows being dehorned and cows with infected udders was PETA says is a kid-friendly pamphlet about dairy cows literature they say is meant to be educational.
Katie Arth of PETA says that it may have all just been an innocent mix up.
PETA creates material for kids and for adults, Arth said. And it looks like there was just a mistake and our volunteers put the materials together to get them out quicker.
Either way, parents say PETA crossed the line.
They dont understand what it is, they just see these graphically horrifying images that stay in their minds, Borsheim said. Its like seeing a bad movie, a scary movie for them and they cant get it out of their minds.
Los Angeles Unified School District officials released a statement regarding the PETA pamphlet distributed to students. It read in part:
No one at the school, or the District knew that animal activists would give children a comic book containing graphic images inserted of cows with a sore; an infection; chained and covered with fecal matter. The pictures are inappropriate for elementary students.
Principal Esther Gillis would never have authorized the distribution of those pictures or the message that milk is unhealthy. L.A. Unified is committed to providing a safe and respectful environment at our schools.
>> Mutilated cow...
What percentage of the PETA nuts support abortion?
Damn Nature! You Scary!
What PETA did was indefensible, but how many in here are going to defend the horrific treatment of food animals in the 21st century by using the “God wants us to treat them this way” argument.
Nobody dehorns a cow. The little horn buds are burned when they are very young calves. I've watched this many times with my goats. And when you think of the damage a strong head-waving adult can do to its mates with a pair of horns, dehorning is the way to go.
Our annual high school trip (9th grade?) was to a slaughterhouse. I don’t know why. I opted out. Not because I don’t eat meat, but because I didn’t want to have the images in my mind forever.
It’s The “Circle of Life”.
***My 6-year-old daughter was handed one of these comics,***
When I was five years old I knew where meat came from. Saw hogs and chickens butchered. It didn’t bother me at all.
can i get some fries with that
Call for George Noory! Peta is in league with the UFO aliens.
We dehorned cattle when I was growing up on a farm. It is a pretty gruesome thing to watch as a young kid. These were full grown cows that were dehorned.
PETA kills more animals than anyone yet they have the nerve to do this..I wonder how many of those freaks support abortion..My guess is ALL OF THEM
and you turned out fine
Too bad some people do it that way. Dehorning adults is both, as you said, gruesome and more physically traumatic and bloody to the animal. Burning them off the calves is maybe a 45 second procedure. No blood, just singeing the horn-producing cells so they never grow. Sorry you had to see that. Nothing like that when it’s done in the early months.
[ We dehorned cattle when I was growing up on a farm. It is a pretty gruesome thing to watch as a young kid. These were full grown cows that were dehorned. ]
Been there seen that growing up, LOTS of blood....
Cows head hoes into chute and a special think moves over and you immobilize the cows head then the horns are sawed off with a hand saw!!! then the vein for the horn is grabbed with some forceps and ripped out of the horn stump!!!!!
Seems grossly brutal until you realize that a cow without horns cannot gore another cow with them for the hell of it...
***Nobody dehorns a cow. ***
I’ve dehorned many a cow. There is a special set of dehorners just for larger cows. We would rope the cow by the head and rear hoofs, stretch her out then go at the horns. We’ve even used regular saws when we could not get a dehorner.
The last one I did was a bull. I took him to the vet who paralyzed him with a small electrical charge, then put the dehorners on him. His horns were gone in just a few seconds. He then put a powder on to stop the bleeding, and a patch covered with pine tar.
Never lost a cow after dehorning. A neighbor did have a cow die while it was being done from a heart attack. We immediately butchered the cow.
Google cow dehorners, then hit image and you will see the large dehorners we used.
[ Too bad some people do it that way. Dehorning adults is both, as you said, gruesome and more physically traumatic and bloody to the animal. Burning them off the calves is maybe a 45 second procedure. No blood, just singeing the horn-producing cells so they never grow. Sorry you had to see that. Nothing like that when its done in the early months. ]
Some times we had to do it when buying new cows to roll into the herd because the ones with horns would sometimes bully the other ones. We always burned the horns off of the young uns’ when we worked them so we never had to saw off the horns of an adult cow that we raised. I helped out by moving the calfs down the line before they went into the chutes. Thankfully they never made me help out at the chute.
*** Dehorning adults is both, as you said, gruesome and more physically traumatic and bloody to the animal.***
And yet, when you release the dehorned animal it will go into the pasture and start eating. Same for branding. Let them up and they will start eating. They do not set around and bawl about their wounds.
[ We would rope the cow by the head and rear hoofs, stretch her out then go at the horns. Weve even used regular saws when we could not get a dehorner. ]
Grew up on a farm, never did the “old west style” of cow working, always herded them into the feedlot area and used a chute to do all the work on them. Could never see why some ranchers who had access to chutes and feedlots would still do it “circle wagons style” like they were still living in the 1880’s if they could help not doing it.