"It's an extremely hot iron, and it smokes, and after they do it, you smell the burning skin and the burning hair smell for awhile," she said. "They scream. A lot of people put them in a box that's made for this, and only their head is sticking out, so they can't move. It's mutilation and it's torture."
Not only is the procedure painful, disbudding also interferes with the rest of the goat's body.
"Goat horns are full of blood vessels, and that's what helps them regulate their body temperature, so that's what helps them stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter," Lauricella said. "When you take those away, you're messing with their bodies."
Goats also use their horns to scratch their backs, to play and to defend themselves. "They love them - it's part of being a goat," Lauricella said. "I feel so sorry for the goats of mine who don't have them."