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Abuse in milk production
To the core: One of the most controversial agricultural practices are the so-called “milking tournaments,” where farmers bring their best cows to a competition on who can produce the most milk. The logic behind this is to show off the genetic qualities of the animals. Until today, these competitions aren’t regulated, and there have been cases of animals dying during the competition.
The new rules, besides trying to avoid abuse of animals (it is not permitted to give the cows shocks or pull their tails, for instance), leave a few loopholes in relation to what had been said by the Agriculture Ministry last year. Then, the government said the tournaments should award the quality of the milk, not the quantity.
This, however, is nowhere to be seen in the normative