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Humane Society wants to end tail-docking of Wisconsin dairy cows

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The Humane Society of the United States wants a major Wisconsin farm group to help make the tail-docking of dairy cows illegal in the Badger State.

Tail-docking is the amputation of cows' tails. The Humane Society calls it "inhumane" -- and it wants the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation to try and halt the practice.  

Some farmers do it to help keep cows clean, thus resulting in better sanitation and milk quality. The Humane Society insists there's no evidence for such a link.  

In a letter to Farm Bureau president Jim Holte, Society vice president Paul Shapiro said, "Having the second biggest dairy state join the shift away from tail-docking could be a helpful way to demonstrate that the industry takes animal welfare seriously."  

Farm Bureau spokesman Casey Langan says his group supports appropriate animal husbandry practices -- and tail-docking should remain a decision between farmers and their veterinarians.

Langan said it should not be a government mandate prompted by, "an animal rights group whose end goal is to eliminate animal agriculture."  

California, the nation's top milk producer, bans tail-docking of cows. The American Veterinary Medical Association opposes it for management purposes.  

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)