HFA’s National Veal Boycott – Campaign Decimating Sales
“This is how veal calves live. Every minute. Every hour. Every day.”
- Bradley Miller, HFA on The Oprah Winfrey Show
HFA’s National Veal Boycott continues to be the single most successful campaign ever conducted against factory farming. When HFA began the National Veal Boycott, veal production was the most rapidly expanding segment of the meat industry. Due to years of unrelenting campaigning by HFA, including full-page advertisements in major publications such as Time, Newsweek, USA Today, and The New York Times, annual veal production has plummeted from a high of 3.4 million calves to the current level of under 1 million. This unprecedented drop of more than 70% in the sale of drugged, anemic, and tortured baby calves tells the real story of HFA’s unparalleled success in preventing the suffering of millions of animals. We are pleased to report that HFA’s longest running campaign – the National Veal Boycott – has driven veal consumption in the U.S. to an all-time record low!
HFA has also generated headlines for what would become legendary undercover investigations and direct attacks on the veal industry’s drug-based methods of operation. In so doing, HFA was successful in curtailing the use of the veal industry’s most cherished growth hormone, clenbuterol. And the extensive national publicity about this toxic and illegal drug served to inform millions of Americans about the hazards and cruelty involved in the production of veal.
When measuring our success, we do not simply add up the number of veal factories HFA has shut down, the number of veal processing plants we have forced out of business, the media coverage we have generated, or the number of veal industry leaders convicted for criminal wrongdoing.
This dramatic drop in U.S. veal sales tells the real story of HFA’s unparalleled success in preventing the suffering of millions of animals. But we can’t let up now! Your support will help HFA make even further progress in the months to come.
Chained in tiny crates, veal calves cannot walk, turn around, stretch their legs, or lie down in a natural position. To obtain the light colored meat sold as “milk-fed” veal, calves are deliberately kept anemic.
- Veal calves are denied all solid food.
- Veal calves suffer from chronic diarrhea.
- Veal calves are kept in darkness.
- Respiratory and intestinal diseases run rampant among veal calves.
- Veal calves are deprived of drinking water.
- In a futile attempt to quench their thirst, the calves gain weight quickly by drinking more of their drug-laced liquid feed. Serious leg injuries are caused by a complete lack of straw or other bedding. To prevent muscle development and speed weight gain, the calves are allowed absolutely no exercise.
This is the terrible fate of hundreds of thousands of veal calves every year in the United States.
Human Health HazardWould you knowingly serve your family sulfa drugs, clenbuterol, penicillin, tetracycline, or drug resistant strains of bacteria for dinner? Of course not.
Unfortunately, these and countless other substances have been found in veal calves. The harsh conditions in veal factories result in severe calf diseases. By depriving veal calves of their mother’s milk, fresh air, exercise, adequate nutrition, and proper veterinary care, veal factories are a breeding ground for stress and infectious diseases.
Veal factories attempt to counter the effects of intensive confinement by administering a wide array of antibiotics and other chemicals. This “cost effective” practice represents a significant hazard to public health. The routine use of antibiotics in veal and other factory farm products is resulting in antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria. These virulent bacteria render formerly life-saving antibiotics useless in combating human disease.
How You Can Help!Consumer awareness and consumer pressure are the most effective means we have for eliminating the health hazards posed by factory farming and for ending the needless suffering of animals. Your boycott of veal and support of HFA will help end this cruelty and stop one of the most abhorrent bizarre agricultural practices ever developed – the deliberate raising of anemic animals.