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Billy Corgan Asks California Pizza Kitchen to Help End Practice of Dehorning Calves

Image courtesy of Jim Dyson/Getty Images (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Jim Dyson/Getty Images (via ABC News Radio)

Billy Corgan has teamed up with the animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to ask California Pizza Kitchen to join their fight to protect baby cows.  The Smashing Pumpkins frontman has written a letter to CPK's president and CEO, G.J. Hart , asking the restaurant chain to insist that its dairy suppliers begin phasing out dehorning calves, a process that PETA feels causes unnecessary suffering.

"I have viewed the photos and watched PETA's investigative video of these [dehorning] procedures, and I was appalled to see young calves who struggled and writhed in pain as searing hot irons burned their heads," Corgan writes .  "The industry has noted that the burns are so severe that they may damage the underlying bone.  Other practices, which include using caustic chemicals to eat away at the horn-bud flesh via a chemical burn, are no better."

Corgan adds that California Pizza Kitchen should demand that all its dairy suppliers begin to breed "naturally hornless" cattle, which will eliminate the need to dehorn calves.

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