Hell is a place on Earth for the cows at Ibaraki Prefectural Livestock Research Centre (IPLRC), a publicly funded operation in Japan that uses cows as research subjects for the Wagyu beef and dairy industries.
A PETA Asia investigation shows workers twisting burning-hot irons into calves’ heads, kicking and slapping cows, jabbing them with metal tools, and more.
Smoking-Hot Iron Twisted Into Calf’s Head
A whistle-blower recorded shocking footage over three months in 2022, allowing the world to see what happens in the Japanese meat and dairy industries. The graphic recordings show workers burning a calf’s head with a smoking-hot iron to remove horn tissue as the animal cries out, eyes wide open, apparently in terror and struggling under the weight of the workers’ restraint.
Terrified Cows Kicked, Punched, and Slapped
Footage also shows multiple men sitting on a disbudded calf, who appears to defecate out of fear. Also in the footage, workers punch cows on their torsos, kick and slap them on the head, and stomp on their legs and backs. In another incident, workers hit cows on their sensitive udders and faces with wooden sticks, apparently in an attempt to make them move.
Funded With Public Money
Compassionate people in Japan are outraged that their money is being used to fund abuse like this. IPLRC received over 900 million yen (AU$9.8 million) in one year from taxpayers and public funding, according to the most recent available data. In response, PETA Asia sent a complaint to Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries asking that it cut funding to IPLRC and a request to Ibaraki Prefecture to conduct an internal audit of funds that support cruelty to animals. PETA entities are also urging the public to switch to vegan meat products and plant-based milk, as ditching meat and dairy would divert funds away from animal farms and facilities such as this hellish breeding centre.
Harsh Reality of the Meat and Dairy Industries
When given the opportunity, cows are nurturing parents who have meaningful relationships with family and friends. But most cows raised for the meat and dairy industries are intensively confined, leaving them unable to fulfil their basic needs, such as nursing their calves, who are forcibly taken away from them shortly after birth.
Most cows are born with tissue that will develop into horns, but many farmers remove this sensitive horn tissue or the horns themselves from cows’ skulls using hot irons, caustic chemicals, sharp metal scoops, blades, or handsaws. These painful procedures are usually performed without painkillers.
Help Cows – Ditch Meat and Dairy
The abuse documented at this facility is not just happening in Japan – the meat and dairy industries are inherently cruel around the world. Cows will continue to be exploited on farms and in research centres like IPLRC until humans stop stealing their milk and eating their flesh. The only way to help spare these animals pain and suffering is to go vegan.
Please pledge to stop supporting this abuse by going vegan for 30 days: