Baur responded to the campaign's claim that the calves are in physical danger when in the presence of their mothers. "I have not seen it happen, and I spend a lot of time on dairy farms," he explains.
Even if the calves were in danger, it wouldn't be because they were with their mothers, according to Baur. It's because farmers insist on keeping the animals confined to such small spaces.
"They want to control every aspect of the animals' lives. They want to prevent them from moving very much," Baur said. "It just makes the industry's job easier."
Bauer added that by keeping the animals under such confinement, the farmers cause the animals' health to decline.
The side effects of confinement