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For any of y’all who don’t know, dairy is as ethically problematic as meat. Why?
Like all mammals, cows must be impregnated in order to produce milk. Once a dairy cow’s calf is born, it will be separated almost immediately from its mother. This is a traumatic experience for both mother and baby, but allows us humans to harvest and drink the milk that should be the calf’s. If the calf is a male it will either be killed instantly or raised for veal. Female calves will be raised as dairy cows and suffer the same fate as their mothers.
This is standard practice on ANY dairy farm: factory, organic, free-range, whatever. The reality of life for any dairy cow is therefore a series of artificial pregnancies and painful separations.
Some cows will be kept in better conditions than others, but the vast majority (95%+) will live in squalid, overcrowded conditions with hundreds of other cows. A large proportion will suffer injury and disease as a result of these conditions. Many contract mastitis, a painful infection of the udders (which, incidentally, is the reason why there’s pus and blood cells present in virtually all cow’s milk). Tasty!
And at the end of their sad, sick lives dairy cows will be ‘retired’ - that is, they’ll be killed for meat and eaten.
The entire process of dairy production is unnatural, unhealthy and entirely morally abhorrent. Do not support an industry which commodifies maternity and life in this horrible way. Go vegan.
Here’s a few links:
1./ A powerful, non-graphic video showing the separation of a dairy cow and her calf.
2./ “White Lies” - a report combining the findings of over 400 scientific papers from reputable peer-reviewed journals such as the British Medical Journal and The Lancet. The research is clear – the consumption of cow’s milk and dairy products is strongly linked to numerous health issues.
3./ More facts on dairy on Free From Harm.
For more information, just ask.
Until next time…