People love veal and continue to buy it. People continue to buy veal in spite of having known how the calves are raised for decades, and are not likely to stop. Banning veal production in structured and regulated conditions will ultimately be detrimental to animal rights - people aren't going to stop.
The moral arguments against Veal from people who otherwise consume beef just do not make any logical sense. Nor do the general animal rights arguments, as if their logic were to be truly followed, they would be forced to adopt fruititarianism. But Veal is no less acceptable than eating adult cows, no more than it's any more or less acceptable to eat adult humans than it is baby humans.
I cannot share enough the anger i have when i see or hear about veal hutch raising. It is a BABY. Regardless if its a human, cow, puppy, foal or any other living thing. The animal needs at least one a good memory before they die.
This has to stop now.
Look guys, veal is one of the most horrible meats ever. Veal is when people take young babies from their mothers at birth, and put them in a dark room with many others. There, they are chained by the neck in tiny crates, unable to sit, lay down, or even turn around. After about 6-8 weeks of this torture, the only sunlight they ever see is when they are packed in the truck that will take them o the slaughter house. This is the wonderful story about how veal is made.
The worst part is, think you're safe with drinking milk? Well the veal industry is a by-product of the dairy industry. So, by drinking milk, you are supporting in this cruelty
Help end it now.
Given the suffering caused by restricted diet, restricted movement and isolation from normal social and family connections the production of veal can be empirically considered to cause suffering and anguish. The same situation applies to pork production in confinement crates and to caged chicken egg production. The neurology of the animal should be taken into account in order to form an accurate description of it's experience. In all the cases mentioned the animals are intelligent and aware enough to suffer from their experiences. Raising lobsters and fish in small tanks is more open to questioning whether or not the animals are suffering. In the case of veal it is clearly causing suffering due to the animal's neurology and the observance of coping mechanisms and distress. It is unnecessary to produce and consume veal. It is disregarding the negative experience of a feeling entity on a large scale for what amounts to no more than a fleeting sensory perception for another. I find it callous and lacking in moral understanding and concern.
Okay, so a baby cow often only a few weeks old who has lived it's entire life confined to a tiny crate, never to see daylight or graze like nature intended, forcibly made anaemic and weak, cannot even stand up or walk to go to slaughter and so is violently dragged. Separated from his mother after birth, never tasted her milk or felt her warmth. Completely isolated, ill, depressed, miserable short little life. Wow. Anyone who thinks that's acceptable has no conscience and quite frankly I'd be scared of them and their complete lack of compassion.
I'd also like to add that most veal is a by-product of the dairy industry. The dairy cows are forcibly impregnated every year in order for them to produce milk. The farmers obviously don't want the baby drinking all that milk that was produced for it, they want to sell it to humans (how unnatural and cruel). And so the baby is taken away shortly after birth and is either a) if female, made to be a dairy cow like her mother, or b) if male, either killed straight away or sent to a veal farm. Most often they are made into veal. The dairy industry feeds the veal industry. If you are against veal, you should perhaps take a look at your eating habits and try to cut out dairy.
It stresses me so much that about 97% of the population unknowingly (or knowingly) contribute to this terrible industry. It's certainly something you never learn as a kid and something the dairy industry likes to keep quiet about.
This is an infant separated from its mother unable to stand, play with others and feel love for its all too short life. This is obviously cruelty. Our taste buds and greed aren't worth this suffering given the alternatives available in modern society. Our future generations will not look well upon us for participating in this cruelty in the name of gluttony.
Is it ethical to support the raising of baby calves who have been contained in crates, unable to stand up, turn around, or see day light for the duration of its life? This is the only life a calf knows before going to slaughter. If a calf has freedom to stand up and move around outside of a crate, it is not be veal. The pink, tender meat comes from the lack of muscle development, hence the cruel life in a crate.
Mindful eating is healthful eating. Be mindful of where your food comes from.