Industry Claims Torching the Udders of Dairy Cows Is Painless

Just when I thought I knew all the common, standard industry practices in dairy farming, I find something even more bizarre and cruel. The sound in this video is said to be “turned off” since it is for “trade show purposes” but one wonders if the sound of the cows confined to stalls and having their udders torched would reveal how unpleasant this experience is for the animals. The claim that the cows feel no pain from having a flame applied to their sensitive udders is “udderly” ridiculous. We share the same kind of pain receptors with cows and just as with us, the nipples are one of the most sensitive areas of the body.

The video justifies the torching of cows’ udders as follows:

“The UdderSinge uses a low temperature flame passed 2-4″ below the udder and belly that removes hair quickly and painlessly. Removing hair aids in creating a healthier cow by reducing the occurrence of mastitis in the cow’s udder.

Mastitis is a painful disease that causes painful swelling and infection in the udder and is potentially fatal for the cow. Removing udder hair decreases somatic cell counts [blood cells] in milk thus making the product safer for the consumer.”

Yet it is the relentless cycle of forced pregnancy and lactation, and the unnaturally high rates of milk production, that cows in the dairy industry are subjected to, combined with being “nursed” by harsh mechanical equipment rather than their own babies, that causes mastitis to be so pervasive.

Add this to the list of atrocities inflicted on animals in the dairy industry: dehorning; tail-docking; spiked nose-ringing; sexual violation and industry-approved bestiality; separation of families; slaughter of young dairy cows when their milk production declines; and slaughter of calves: all so we can steal the mothers’ milk of other animals when the only milk we ever needed came from our own human mothers, and then we were weaned. Learn more here.

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About Robert Grillo

Robert Grillo is the director of Free from Harm which he founded in 2009 to expose the food industry’s exploitation of animals and foster greater empathy for farmed animals. As an activist, author and speaker, Grillo focuses awareness on the animal’s experience and point of view, drawing on insights from sociology, psychology, popular culture, ethics and social justice to bridge the gap between humans and other animals. As a marketing communications professional for over 20 years, Grillo has worked on large food industry accounts where he acquired a behind-the-scenes perspective on food branding and marketing. His new book, Farm to Fable: The Fictions of Our Animal Consuming Culture, reveals how popular culture uses a variety of fictions that condition us to consume animal products and perpetuate fasle perceptions of animals that make us feel better about exploiting them


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  6. Poor mother cow -her life of suffering just goes on and on -her babies are taken from her -she is kept continually pregnant- can hardly walk as her udders are so swollen and now they burn her- we- humans? have lost all our humanity how can we be so cruel and uncaring to her suffering? for her -death is a happy release -we humans have choices and a conscious -some prefer to have neither.

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  8. More like The Bellowing Cow . . . cheese company! And Udder Singe??!!! Never heard of it before. They are full of BS. Did you read that one person’s comment? She wrote: Can we torch her tits too? I’m sure theres no pain! SICKENING!!!!!! I viewed a video of farm animal cruelty and it is heart breaking to say the least. Of course animals get upset when their babies are taken away. It is their natural G-d given instinct and rightfully so. One of the signs of a righteous man, the Bible says, is that he takes care of his animals (see Proverbs 12:10).

  9. my god are you serious????this is animal cruelty and needs to be stopped!!!!i would love nothing more then to do this procedure on the people doing this horrible act to these innicent animals!!!!sick and sad!!!!!!!!

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  11. I see a painful horrible procedure. I ALSO see a young woman seeking to do her job and garner her male employer’s good graces. There is no need to vent toward her. Our systems are broken. We are broken. She is broken. He is unfeeling, motivated by monetary gains, and looks as if he is loving the power he has over both her and the beautiful cows. My stomach churns at all of it. We can fix this ONLY with kindness, compassion, and gentle but solid and firm words of direction and education. We need to do our homework, gather scientific data(this is all they listen to), and stand firm without stooping to equal measures of stupidity, arrogance, blindness, and cruelty. Let our words be powerful, not petty.

  12. They do not care if this is painful or not. They will do whatever it takes even if the creature might die from it as long as they can get more usage out of these poor cows.

    This person that you see doing this, she has no heart and she surely doesn’t have any morals. I wish nothing good for her.

    • I agree, elizabeth!! She looks like a well-able adult who has the ability to choose what she does for a living and she chose to mutilate and harm animals. No heart or morals what-so-ever!! We all make choices and suffer the consequences or reap the rewards of those choices – better be prepared to accept both!!

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