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    Tue, 21 May 2013 15:31:10

    Read Billy Corgan's Letter to California Pizza Kitchen Over Treatment of Cows - He is appalled

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    Smashing Pumpkins frontman/guitarist Billy Corgan has written a letter to California Pizza Kitchen about their treatment of cows. You can read the missive here.

    Corgan urges California Pizza Kitchen to join the other companies that are helping cows on dairy farms by requiring their cheese suppliers to begin phasing out "dehorning" and "disbudding," a painful process in which calves have their horns gouged out or sensitive horn tissue burned out of their heads. As Corgan explains in the letter, farmers can eliminate this practice by breeding for naturally hornless, or "polled," cattle.

    "I have viewed the photos and watched PETA's investigative video of these procedures, and I was appalled to see young calves who struggled and writhed in pain as searing hot irons burned their heads," writes Corgan. "I strongly urge you to take immediate action to stop this unspeakable barbarism by requiring your suppliers to phase out dehorning."

    Another method used to destroy horn tissue is the application of caustic chemicals to eat away at the tender horn-bud flesh. Actor Ryan Gosling has spoken out against this practice, while actor/director Casey Affleck narrates PETA's exposé about the cruelty of dehorning and disbudding.

    What can you do to help Billy Corgan spread the word, if you so desire? Spread his letter around online and do what you can to create awareness.

    —Katie Sheehan
    05.21.13



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