"A tiny newborn calf covered in amniotic fluid, lying all alone in the corner of a dirty pen one bitter cold morning. Barely a few hours old, he looked bewildered, fearful, and in desperate need of his mother. 'If he survives,' said a worker when I asked about him, 'he’ll probably sell for a dollar or less.' One dollar. That is what his life was worth to the dairy industry. "Drop calf” is the industry term for baby cows who are taken from their mothers to be sold for slaughter. To a dairy farmer, a baby cow is competition for his mother’s milk and therefore an unnecessary cost. Along with animals the industry considers “old” or “worn out” because their production has slacked, “drop calves” are sold to the highest bidder at stockyard auctions throughout the country. These are the animals who end up in pet food or in cheap, frozen TV dinners. They also have their stomachs scraped after being killed for rennet, an ingredient in cheese.
What's their life worth to you?