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I (Robert Grillo) Visited A Small, Organic Dairy Farm to See If Animals Were Treated Better

April 24, 2017

Source Free From Harm
By Robert Grillo


This calf licked my hand and wanted to suckle. They should be as playful as puppies, but instead their spirits are already broken and there is a look of hopelessness in their eyes. (Photo: Robert Grillo)

While passing a small dairy farm on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in the Point Reyes National Seashore in early October, I decided to pull over and have a closer look. I saw about 60 “heifers” in one large muddy, gated enclosure, up to their ankles in mud and manure. There was a lone calf, probably a male just born to one of the heifers, placed in a holding area where some of the cows were doting over him on the other side of the steel bars of a gate. To the right of them was a “milking parlor,” consisting of an old shed where two men were bringing cows in and out to be milked and hooking up their udders to milking machines. The cows perked up as I approached the fencing and stared meekly up into my eyes. And to the right of this was a section consisting of rows of small white plastic hutches, each with a single calf inside. When I pulled up, I saw a gruff yet handsome young man walking toward his tractor. I approached him to ask if I could have a look around the dairy farm. He asked me to wait a minute as he opened the valve to let the oil drain from his tractor. “You’re giving it an oil change,” I said. “Yes,” he said, “I’ll give that a chance to drain out while I show you around.”

All the while Ernest’s matter-of-fact, business-like demeanor showed no signs of acknowledging the emotional or physical suffering of the animals in his care.

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exploitation is
whether or not
you “euphemise”
if you even fool yourself
we would be

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


5 Comments leave one →
  1. April 24, 2017 7:19 am

    Milk is a tragedy.

    Liked by 3 people

  2. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    April 24, 2017 3:22 pm

    exploitation is
    whether or not
    you “euphemise”
    if you even fool yourself
    we would be

    Liked by 1 person

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