It’s all over the news: California state Senate Majority Leader Dean Florez (D-Shafter) introduced a bill, SB 135, which would outlaw the common procedure of docking dairy cows’ tails except “during an individual treatment, emergency or operation, if the treatment or operation is performed by a veterinarian for veterinary purposes” with proper anesthesia.
I found this article in the Los Angeles Times titled, “New tail-docking bill may make California’s dairy cows happier.” Florez, who is seen as a powerful advocate for animal welfare says in the article…
Scientific studies have shown that mutilation of the tail causes serious welfare problems for dairy cows, including distress, pain and increased vulnerability to insect attacks,” Michael Greger, director of public health and animal agriculture for the Humane Society of the United States, said in a press conference today. “Tail-docking never had a scientific rationale, and it’s been exposed now as little more than a routine and pointless type of mutilation.
Since when are L.A. politicians authorities on animal agriculture? I need your thoughts, ideas and concerns on this proposed legislation. Wherever your milking parlor is located, this rule will effect the way you do business in the future.