Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2007

Factory farms treat animals poorly

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While fairgoers might have enjoyed watching Gingerbread the calf come into the world, the fair didn’t give spectators the full story about farm animals in our country (‘‘Calf births another first at the county fair,” Aug. 22 article.)

Unlike Gingerbread, many male calves born on factory farm dairy operations have a particularly dismal fate. They are taken away from their mothers within days after birth and are often sold to veal producers who treat them cruelly. Chained by the neck in crates so restrictive the animals can hardly move, the calves’ lives are filled with suffering.

People who were moved by interacting with farm animals up close at the county fair should oppose the animal abuse inherent in factory farming.

Alyson Bodai, Gaithersburg

The writer is outreach manager, Factory Farming Campaign, The Humane Society of the United States.