Calves in the Dock

Joanna Lumley narrates this short film looking at the white veal industry in the early 1990’s and the unethical nature of the industry.

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Producer: Compassion in World Farming
Year Produced: 1991
Running time: 7 minutes
Watch online: ideo on demand


White Veal production is illegal in the UK, this didn’t prevent breeders from exporting calves overseas to be reared for white veal often to France and the Netherlands; worst still, we were still importing in weight around 40% of our total exports of calves as veal.

Male veal calves not suitable for beef soon after birth are taken away from the mothers, who like humans, have feelings and kept in pens in factory like sheds, away from fresh air, grass and even light. They are fed solely on a milk powder diet devoid of iron to keep their meat pale.

This Compassion in World Farming film challenges the UK government to ban the UK trade of veal under EC law of the time.

The imagery and film quality may not be to modern standards but is useful for historical use.

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