The dairy industry is no better, manipulating and artificially inseminating cows to produce calves and milk—ten times the amount of milk they would naturally make—which is not fed to their hungry, malnourished calves but given to humans instead. Like male chicks, male calves are also futile to the dairy industry so they are immediately snatched away from their anguished mothers and shipped off to the veal industry. Many are too weak, sick or crippled to even stand and their value is so low (less than a few dollars) that they are often left for dead on a pile by the road.
This letter was originally sent to Pope Francis at the Vatican in October of 2014. With slight variations, similar letters were also sent to Cardinal Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York, the Archdiocese of Newark, the Diocese of Metuchen, and my local parish priest. To date, I have not received responses from anyone.