TO EAT OR NOT EAT?
Milk, Cream, Cheese? No
Unfortunately the cruelty in the milk industry is as inhumane as that of teh meat industry. Cows grieve for their calves, one after the other which are sent to slaughter, whilst the cows are endlessly milked until they are also sent to death. They are aware as they line up on the killing field, they can smell the fear and in many cases witness beforehand what is about to happen.
Happily, there are so many milk alternatives now. Many of them quite good. So far we have not found the definitive milk alternative. Though Elmlea do an excellent non dairy cream which could pass for the real thing. Why don’t they do milk?
11 Facts Big Dairy Doesn’t Want You to know
It’s already common knowledge that cow’s milk is bad for you, but more and more people are beginning to realize that milk is even worse for the cows used in its production.
The following are 11 reasons why no one should ever drink cow’s milk.
1. Cows produce milk for the same reason why humans do―to nourish their young.
2. To keep the milk flowing, cows are artificially inseminated every year.
3. Nine months later, their calves are born, and a strong bond instantly forms between them. But they won’t have much time together. Typically, after one to three days, their babies are taken away from them, which causes both cow and calf extreme distress. They will never see each other again.
4. The male calves are usually sold to the veal industry.
5. There, they are kept in tiny crates to keep their flesh tender.
6. They will be killed after just a few miserable months of life.
7. The female calves will likely follow in their mothers’ footsteps in the dairy industry.
8. But first, they will be dehorned.
9. Dehorning is a procedure in which cows have their horns removed by means of saws, sharp wires, hot irons, guillotine dehorners, or caustic chemicals. It is extremely painful.
10. The cows will spend the rest of their lives as milk machines, forced to produce 4.5 times what they normally would for their calf.
11. When not on a factory farm, cows can live to be 20 years old. But cows used for milk are usually slaughtered for low-grade meat when they’re around 4 years old. 17. That means four years of repeated artificial insemination, udder infections, and having their calves traumatically torn from their side shortly after birth.
When you buy dairy products, you’re supporting this cruel cycle. For more info go on Peta.org