Veal is the poster child for cruel food. The trip your veal takes before it gets to your plate begins when the calf is just a few days old, when it is taken from its mother and put in a pen so small it can't even turn around. This isn't due to lack of space but is so that the calf can't develop muscles, making the consumer's plate of veal tender and tasty. The calf is kept in this pen for about five months before being taken to slaughter in a truck where many are trampled because they are so weak they can barely stand up.
Luckily, things are being done to better the conditions of these calves. Veal crates are now illegal in five states: California, Michigan, Ohio, Maine and Arizona.