Calves witnessed entering Toronto slaughterhouse are still weaning for their mothers milk moments before slaughter
Veal is the meat of calves, in contrast to the "beef" from older cows. Veal can be produced from a calf of either gender and any breed; however, most veal comes from young males of dairy breeds because these are surplus to the industry's requirements.
There are different types of veal which require the calves to be slaughtered at differences ages. The most popular is Bob Veal which requires calves to be slaughtered when they are only a few weeks old weighting up to only 60 pounds. Another is "formula fed" veal which involves the calves being raised on a milk formula supplement until they are slaughtered when they reach 18 to 20 weeks old.
Virtually all dairy calves are stolen from their mothers within hours of birth in order to maximize profit. 21,000,000 dairy calves are slaughtered for veal or cheap beef every year globally.