Baby calves, just weeks old, are kicked, punched, slapped and yelled at by barn employees. Some are grabbed by the testicles in an effort to force them into narrow wooden stalls. Several are lying gasping for air on urine- and feces-stained slats.

These are some of the disturbing images revealed in undercover video footage shot by Mercy for Animals Canada at a milk-fed veal barn complex in Pont Rouge, just outside Quebec City. It was obtained by CTV’s W5 as part of its investigative report on the Quebec veal industry.

At the Pont Rouge barn, about 800 calves are subjected daily to harsh treatment and inhumane confinement for the entire 18 to 20 weeks of their short lives. They are housed in crates so narrow they can’t turn around or lie down comfortably. Many are tethered by chains around their necks.