Demand Dairy Industry Bans Cruel Udder Flaming Practice

Cows Gunnar Richter

Target: Rick Smith, President of Dairy Farmers of America

Goal: Ban the cruel practice of udder flaming to protect dairy cows from stress and horrific burns.

Udder flaming is one of the many cruel practices the dairy industry partakes in. Udder flaming is when a large flame is passed under the cow in order to burn the hairs off the udders.

If the process is done correctly, the cow is not burned. However, accidents happen and the cows can get severely burned and injured. In addition, this is a terrifying situation for the cows whether or not they get injured. Hair on the udders allows for more bacterial growth, which is why udder flaming is done in the first place.

Sign this petition and demand the Dairy Farmers of American bans this practice. Cows need to start being seen as individuals rather than property.


Dear Mr. Smith,

Udder flaming is a common practice used among dairy farmers to burn the hair off of cows’ udders. A large flame is passed underneath the cow to burn these hairs.

When udder flaming is done correctly, the cow is not burned. However, a commenter on a dairy forum stated that “the cows aren’t too keen on flamin’ udders.” The situation is very scary for the cows whether or not they are hurt. However, accidents do happen and cows have been badly injured and burned due to this practice.

Udder flaming is a cheap, quick way to get rid of the hair on cows’ udders. It is time these cows are viewed as individuals with unique personalities and feelings, rather than property and milk-making machines. Please consider banning this cruel practice and finding safer alternatives for the cows.


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Photo credit: Gunnar Richter

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  1. Angela Rabon says:

    WHAT??????? UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!!!!

  2. Beth Knafla says:

    Has United States APHIS Department been alerted? This should be forwarded to shut them down.

  3. Rosslyn Osborne says:

    Oh Hell?? What will the human race think of next, to torture innocent living breathing animals???
    Oh, how I would like to condone the flame being ‘run’ between their legs, to give them a ‘taste’ of what it is like!
    With all the antibiotics ingested by the cattle and the washing down with antiseptics I can’t see the need for this barbaric treatment.
    It must be stopped now!
    Our beautiful Dairy cows were milked by hand, spoken to and referred to by name. Their milk was shared b their calves.
    Mechanical cruelty should never have been allowed.

  4. Anne Reade says:

    Animals are better than people

  5. Joanne Folkins says:

    Sadism, plain and simple.

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