Actor Ryan Gosling: Stop dehorning

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Dehorning is the subject of actor Ryan Gosling’s latest venture, that of animal-rights activist.

Gosling, lending his name to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is urging milk producers to stop a “barbaric practice.”

PETA released Gosling’s letter to Jerry Kozak, President and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), on Wednesday. In his letter, Gosling suggests breeding for polled cows rather than dehorning. View the letter here.

According to the Associated Press in a report here, a spokesman from NMPF responded to Gosling’s letter by pointing that cows’ horns are dangerous. De-horning reduces injuries to both cows and farmers.  

Earlier this year, Dairy Herd Management published an article on dehorning, featuring guidelines and advice for handling the necessary task with veterinarians. Read, “Dehorning done right.”

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ill  |  April, 04, 2013 at 01:07 PM

Im tired of every body telling dairy farmers how to farm. animals respone to good care,that most provide.everbody wants us to do this,do that,dont do this, dont do that. nobody wants to pay us a good price.I dont know why we keep doing it.its a 24/7 job that few people do or understand.

Merced ca  |  April, 05, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Very will put Bob I'll just add one more thing to what you said .Most dairymen or dairy women take very good care of there animals they got feed to eat and a dry bed to lay on and that's a lot more then some of our kids have in this country.Mr gosling you need to worry more about how our kids our being taking care of and stop worrying about how we as dairy people take care of our animals.

April, 04, 2013 at 02:05 PM

My first thought is, "how can anyone be so ignorant"? My bad, if you didn't grow up on a farm you might feel like this. We've dehorned baby calves for years, yes, it hurts for about 15 seconds(using the burners) and yes I've burned my hand on them before. Then the pain is gone, they go right back to eating and playing with their stallmates. It would take years to have a 100% polled herd, then you have to worry about what other good traits you're giving up to get "no horns". Why don't these people worry about the millions of homeless in the US and leave us alone. My dairy cattle are treated better than many children, they get fed on time, exactly what they need every day. They go out to pasture, they get all their vaccinations when needed and treatment if they get sick. And trust me, if one of my girls have droopy ears or dull eyes, or any of many symptoms, I have the vet on the way as soon as possible. And, guess what? There is no such thing as medical insurance for your dairy cattle, it comes right out of our pocket. I love my cows and take very good care of them as do the biggest majority of dairymen. By the way, did you hear about the Jersey cow that sold in a sale in Maryland for $170,000? Guess what, she's was dehorned when she was a baby. And that lady will have nothing but the finest from now on. So Mr Gosling, why don't you put your money where your mouth is, and help a few children or some homeless people, to the tune of $170,000!

CNY  |  April, 05, 2013 at 09:01 AM

Rosemary, you are preaching to the choir here. I hope you will pass this letter on to Mr Gosling, to his Facebook page perhaps. Probably some flunky will pass judgement on it but you can try.

UK  |  April, 05, 2013 at 12:02 PM

I had to attend 4 dying calves last month that developed blackleg due to bruising from horn injuries. Other option to go for polled animals could work, start milking Angus crosses!

April, 05, 2013 at 03:14 PM

If Ryan Gosling can tell me how to farm, I have the right to tell him to stop making crap R rated movies that his sort of Hollywood rabble like to produce! Perhaps you should be more concerned with the sex and violence you are exposing our youth to than poking your nose into my affairs. Oh by the way, I've been breeding my animals with polled genetics since before you were born.

pa  |  April, 05, 2013 at 04:06 PM

Rosemary, They don't care about homeless people, children who are abused or whose only decent meal of the day is in school because they simply don't like other people, period. Their 'love' of animals is totally farce given this organization would rather see an animal dead if it would get them the publicity they crave. Everyone here is trying to apply common sense to a group composed of some pretty serious sociopaths and it simply doesn't work. What this does prove is that even what we consider standard practices is and will continue to come under the microscope. How we react is what will make or break our industry in the future.

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