Animals as Food
Veal calves are taken from their mothers and placed in crates.
They are fed an iron deficient diet, being made anemic in order
to preserve their light pink flesh for gourmet tastes. Light pink
flesh is anemic flesh. Because desperate calves will attempt to
lick their own urine and feces to satisfy their craving for iron,
they are chained in tiny stalls with no room to turn around or even
lie down in a natural outstretched position. So desperate are they
for iron, that the crates must be wooden - the calves will lick
at rusty metal.
One would wish the above to be a hyperbole concocted by animal
right's activists to make their point. However, the Stall Street
Journal (April 1973) published by Provimi inc, the company that introduced this method of veal production to the United
"The main reason for using hardwood instead of metal box-stalls
is that metal may affect the light veal color....Keep all iron out
of reach of your calves."
When veal calves are slaughtered at 16 weeks they are often too
sick to walk. One out of every ten veal calves dies in confinement.