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Cowboy Willie Nelson

Stands Up For Cows

3/26/2008 3:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0326_nelson_cow-1Willie Nelson thinks you should know a thing or two about some cows. The country crooner is joining in on a campaign along with the Animal Legal Defense Fund to raise awareness about cruel-and illegal-living conditions for calves raised to produce milk for dairy products. Moo! Boo!

Specifically, they are targeting Land O'Lakes and Challenge Dairy to get them to stop using milk from calves that come from California's Mendes Calf Ranch - which employs an intensive confinement practice (keeping calves in cramped, filthy crates - sometimes without room to turn around or lie down) and is the subject of a lawsuit brought by the ALDF.

Nelson has written a letter to the companies and is urging others to join the petition, www.FreeBabyMendes.com, that is already 22,000 people strong.

TMZ.com contacted Mendes Calf Ranch who had no comment on the issue.

Mommas, don't let your baby calves grow up to be milk cows at Mendes indeed.

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Jillouise    

I just love you, Willie Nelson (And ALDF). THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HELPING TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT THE HIDEOUS, INHUMAE, ILLEGAL CONDITIONS BABY COWS ARE FORCED TO SUFFER/ LANGUISH IN, IN ORDER TO PRODUCE MONEY-MAKING MILK FOR THE MONEY-MAKING, SHAMEFUL DAIRY INDUSTRY. SHAME ON THE DAIRY INDUSTRY FOR THEIR MASSIVE, LONGTERM, ONGOING , MINDBLOWINGLY-CRUEL AND INSANELY INHUMANE, WELL-HIDDEN MISTREATMENT/ABUSE OF COWS AND THEIR BABIES (CALFS). IT'S ABOUT TIME TO EXPOSE THE ANIMAL ABUSE!!!!!!

BRAVO, WILLIE NELSON!!! BRAVO ALDF!!! NEVER STOP FIGHING INJUSTICE! ANIMAL CRUELTY IS AN UNFORGIVEABLE SIN. AND IT'S ILLEGAL. GO GET 'EM!!!!!!

XXOXOXOXO JILLOUISE

2296 days ago
62.

Provoked    

It's a horrible, cruel practice done daily on dairy farms..... The good news is some "lucky" calf prisoners get to live 4 or so months to slaugher as "veal"..... "Bob Veal" are slaughtered within 48 hours of birth. By the way, these are all male calves..... Dairy has a horrible dark side - wish no part of animals as food.... Go Vegan....

2293 days ago
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cow lover    

You know it's interesting to me how one celebrity can influence the thoughts and actions of millions of people. I guess it just goes to show that today's society thinks less and less for themselves. Willie Nelson says that calves are being treated wrongly so therefore it must be true? Whatever happened to researching the facts. Have any of you ever stepped foot on a dairy or even actually seen a cow in real life? Do any of you have any concept of what it takes to raise a cow? Did it ever cross anyone's mind that maybe the calves are sent to the calf ranch to HELP it not only survive but become a good, strong, and healthy animal?

Here are some facts:
-California leads the nation in total milk production. In 2007, California produced a record 40.6 billion pounds of milk - 22 percent of the nation's total production. (USDA)
-California's dairy business generated $47.4 billion in economic activity and more than 434,000 full-time jobs in California in 2004. (CMAB, J/D/G Consulting)
-California's milk standards exceed federal standards because California processors add nonfat milk solids which offer improved taste and nutritional benefits. California milks exceed the federal guidelines for the amounts of calcium and protein in each serving. (CMAB)

Let's not forget either that the same people that are producing milk for our nation ar also farmers that are producing all those veggies you buy at the grocery store.

My point? If you have no concept of an issue or are not educated on both sides of the issue, than maybe you should do a little research to create an opinion for yourself. Not just what some celebrity decides to promote.

2293 days ago
64.

Leann    

If you ever had a dairy, the calves and cows are your investment and income. You treat them as an investment. They are your future income. You'd have to look hard to find dairy animals treated poorly, if you found that happening it would be a dairy farmer losing his business and livelihood.

1366 days ago
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