Cows can live for 20 years, yet dairy cows are typically killed in their seventh year, and cows raised for meat are killed at about one and a half years of age.
Cows lead miserable lives. They are routinely desexed, dehorned and hot-iron branded without any pain relief. Feedlots for both meat and dairy cows are now widespread. The confined animals either stand deep in muddy excrement or suffer dust, flies and relentless heat from a blazing sun.
The journey to saleyard and slaughterhouse is long and traumatic, without food or water. In the killing line, cows are fully aware of what lies ahead. They are terrified, kicking and screaming. They foam at the mouth in the kill box from fear as the slaughterman takes aim between their eyes. Cows too sick or injured to stand are often dragged with chains to the killing floor or left to slowly die.
See our Cow Truth page for more information.