Tail docking is industry’s 'Achilles heel' (pick your battles carefully)
Dairy industry experts concede that consumers may have a point when they object to tail docking and certain other routine husbandry practices. Janice Swanson, in a Michigan Dairy Review editorial, noted that published, peer-reviewed scientific articles written by respected scientists have reached similar conclusions. “The message here is that when science cannot support a practice it may be best to abandon it or look for alternatives. Pick your battles carefully. The insistence to continue a practice when it is ill-supported scientifically and by the veterinary medical community casts doubt on the ethical bearings... View Blog Post »
Cows need their tails!
In Vermont, where the dairy industry is sacrosanct, there is a bill in our state legislature to ban tail docking. I was impressed when I saw that Dairy Herd Management editor Tom Quaife had written a piece back in 2002 called "Tail Docking Makes Little Sense," and opined that "tail docking is no longer a justifiable practice." I recently wrote to Tom to applaud this position and to rue the fact that tails are still being docked a decade later. I wrote to him again, to take issue with certain pieces that appeared in... View Blog Post »
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