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Ask the California Department of Food and Agriculture to protect cows and consumers.

Dear Sir or Madam,

I recently learned that the California Milk Advisory Board deceived American consumers for years with its “Real California Milk” commercials. I was disgusted to see video footage of the way cows are really treated in California dairies. The animals are not “happy” when their calves are separated from them shortly after birth, nor are they free to graze on pastures.

I respectfully request that you not produce any more commercials that mislead consumers and instead implement measures to create transparency and document the true conditions at California dairy farms, such as allowing unannounced third-party inspections. Please implement this commonsense safeguard for both cows and consumers.

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According to the USDA, 88 percent of cows in California used for dairy are raised at farms with more than 500 cows. And California is tied with or leads other top dairy-producing states in the number of farms with more than 1,000 cows.

Most of the calves, within hours or days of birth, are separated from their mothers and immediately placed in solitary confinement.

A female calf is kept at the farm and raised for about one year before being forcibly impregnated to begin her cycle of milk production.

The majority of male calves are almost immediately sold for beef and slaughtered within 12 months of birth.