YES - you can consume veal in good conscience!
Back in the 1980's many people gave up eating veal because of the animal cruelty associated with the product - but there has been a movement, starting in the United Kingdom, to produce an ethically raised veal. Enter "Rose Veal!"
In reality, if you consume any dairy products - especially milk products from small, local dairy's - you should be eating Rose Veal.
Why you ask? Because dairy cows need to have babies to make milk. For many dairy's it is not economically feasible to raise dairy bull calves for beef (the females are retained in the herd) so they are shipped off to the auction barn and sold two or more times before ending up in a commercial veal operation.
Traditionally in the "good old days" male dairy calves were left with their mothers until late fall when they would be harvested, their meat being a light rose color and flavorful thanks to their access to green grass. By consuming Rose Veal you are supporting an ethical way of raising unwanted young male calves so that they get to enjoy green grass, sunshine, and interaction with other herd mates.
Hoof Hearted Rose Veal
- Procured from local family farms for a fair price
- Fed cow's milk and non-medicated milk-based replacer with nipples
- Never treated with hormones or supplemented with antibiotics
- Raised outdoors with other herd mates
- Lots of grass & sunshine
- Processed at local Animal Welfare Approved facility
Commercial White Veal
- Taken away from mother immediately
- Force fed antibiotics & electrolytes
- Trucked hundreds/thousands of miles through large auction barns
- Fed only medicated whey-based milk replacer out of buckets
- Synthetic estrogen implants used to promote rapid growth
- Crowded inside of barns with hundreds of other calves separated into individual crates
- A life of concrete, darkness, & sickness