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Fwd: Huge Fallout from MFA Investigation as Costco Bans Veal from Crated Calves

From: Robyn
Sent on: Wednesday, September 1, 2010 11:41 PM
If you weren't aware of the latest Mercy for Animals undercover investigation exposing the cruelties of veal production, here it is - highlighting some early progress too.? Keep this going in your social networks!? In my opinion the best thing we have going for our movement is undercover investigation work like this, that MFA carries out so bravely and with such grace.
For the animals,
Robyn

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From: Mercy For Animals <[address removed]>
Date: Wed, Sep 1, 2010 at 7:18 PM
Subject: Huge Fallout from MFA Investigation as Costco Bans Veal from Crated Calves
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There is huge fallout to report today from Mercy For Animals' latest investigation, which exposed the cruel plight of calves raised for veal.

Yesterday, on the heels of five MFA news conferences across the nation, Costco Wholesale announced that it would no longer sell veal from farms that use the cruel crate-and-chain production method.

The announcement came just hours after MFA's release to the public of investigative findings at a Buckeye Veal farm in Ohio. An MFA undercover investigator obtained footage of months-old calves chained by their necks in crates so narrow the animals were unable to turn around, walk, lie down comfortably or engage in other basic natural behaviors.

Atlantic Veal and Lamb, Costco's sole veal supplier, which buys from Buckeye Veal and over 100 other veal farms, told Jeff Lyons, Costco's senior vice president of fresh foods, that chaining calves in narrow crates is considered an acceptable industry practice. Lyons harshly condemned the practice, stating, "We're telling them flat-out that it's not acceptable to us, and we will not accept any veal from those farms, period...[W]e just don't think that's the way to treat an animal."

Meanwhile, Giant Eagle, another grocery chain caught selling veal from the facility investigated by MFA, has failed to take any action, or even issue a public statement on the matter. Please click here to contact Giant Eagle and urge them to address this important issue by removing veal from their store shelves.

While Costco's announcement can be viewed (literally) as a small step forward, it's important to remember that crate-free doesn't mean cruelty-free. All calves raised for veal are dragged away from their mothers' sides shortly after birth - causing emotional distress to both mother and baby. At 18-20 weeks of age, these young animals are hauled to the slaughterhouse and violently killed.

The most compassionate choice consumers, and retailers, can make is to reject all veal. Click here for more information on adopting a vegan diet.

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