Two days after it ran a piece entitled, “Disturbing Reality of Dairy Land,” ABC News has posted an article that questions the practice of dehorning.

“The procedure, which usually involves burning the horns off with a hot iron, most of the time without anesthesia, has been condemned by animal-rights advocates as cruel,” the article says.

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The article does quote a New York dairy farmer on why he dehorns: To prevent injuries to other animals, as well as his employees. Well-known animal-behavior expert Temple Grandin also confirms the need for dehorning, but emphasizes the importance of anesthesia.

Here is an article from Dairy Herd Management on the use of anesthesia during dehorning.

And here is a recent health column on the subject.