Animal Equality’s recent investigation into Babybel supplier Tuls Dairy reveals the prolonged suffering of day-old calves and the agony they face every single day at their facility Summit Calf Ranch.
Footage from our investigation shows that sick and injured calves languished for days without receiving adequate medical treatment, with some even left to die in extreme pain on top of already dead calves.
In addition to this horror, these newborn baby calves were exposed to sub-zero temperatures, causing their food and water supply to freeze over and inflicting horrific injuries, such as some calves’ hooves separating from their legs.
Still wet from birth, and cold and shaking from the extreme winter temperatures, the calves are unable to warm themselves, and despite the harsh weather, they will be housed alone outdoors.
With sub-zero temperatures as low as -20 with the wind chill, the calves’ water and food supply freezes over, leaving the animals to suffer from thirst in addition to being inadequately protected by their plastic huts. Some even die in agony.
As the huts don’t protect the days-old calves from the extreme cold, the decision by the managers at Summit Calf Ranch to leave them outside results in severe, painful injuries, including their hooves separating from their legs.
Unable to stand due to injuries received from being subjected to the intolerable cold, a sick calf with wounded legs is forced to lie in pain on the freezing concrete.
The calves also suffer from disbudding, a brutal and painful procedure in which workers forcibly restrain them and without anesthetic burn the horns from their heads.
The male calves are castrated by banding, a procedure that cuts the blood supply to their testicles by placing a rubber band around them until they fall off.
The most common cause of death at the farm was from scours, a potentially fatal condition that causes calves to lose fluids and rapidly dehydrate when effective medical attention isn’t given.
Sick and injured calves languish for days at the farm, receiving minimal and insufficient treatments for their ailments, with some left to die in agony on top of already dead calves.