Dairy calves are usually raised separately from their mothers, although most are raised in a calf hutch that is bigger than a veal crate
. Lactating dairy cattle need to be milked and fed a carefully balanced diet at least twice a day.
In the old days young calves were kept crated to restrict movement, although the UK outlawed veal crate
production more than 10 years ago and it has been banned in Europe since 2007.
Compassion in World Farming who campaigned long and hard for the ban of the notorious veal crate
that finally left Europe in 2007, believes that veal is back on the welfare agenda.
Such science has concluded that numerous intensive farming practices--the battery cage, gestation crate, and veal crate
, for example--are detrimental to animals.
CIWF was beginning to release video evidence relating to slaughtering practices in Spanish abattoirs and the transportation of animals, including calves destined for the veal crate
system in Europe (prohibited in Britain since the beginning of 1990), which illustrated the continued violation of animal welfare legislation.
After the case he said the flight was "a nightmare - like being in a veal crate
To exemplify this he said he had more in common with Dennis Skinner than any other MP, then made a swift bee-line to Brigitte Bardot, no doubt to tell her she looked divine and would she like to do it on top of a veal crate
He and Farm Sanctuary were also sponsors of California's Proposition 2 to ban veal crates
, gestation crates and battery cages, which passed in 2008 with more than 63% of the vote.
Just a week ago, Wal-Mart called on suppliers to stop keeping calves in veal crates
and hogs in gestation crates.
First some background: Over the past decade, citizens and legislators in nine states have passed laws to protect farm animals from the three most egregious confinement systems that exist on modern factory farms - battery cages, which confine five or more hens to cages about the size of a filing cabinet; and gestation and veal crates
, which confine pregnant pigs and calves, respectively, in a space roughly the size of their bodies, so that they can't even turn around for almost their entire lives.
Compassion in World Farming, the lobby group that helped bring in a ban on veal crates
, and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals both recognize improvements in conditions in Britain, where ethically reared rose veal is approved by the RSPCA.
Specifically, it deals with veal crates
, battery cages for egg-laying hens and sow gestation crates.