The Dairy Industry
The Dairy Industry
The evils of the dairy industry are manyfold.
You probably know that cows - like humans - produce milk for the same reason that humans do: to feed their young.
If a cow doesn't have a baby, she doesn't produce any milk, so factory workers in dairy farms artificially inseminate "milk-cows" each year so they keep producing milk.
Within a day from birth, babies are taken away from their mother which causes them both extreme distress. Mother cows can be heard crying for their calves for days.
While the male calves are destined to end up in tiny veal crates or barren feedlots where they will be fattened for beef and can hardly move ( incase of crates being used) the female calfs are sentenced to the same sad fate as their mothers.
After their calves have been taken away from them, mother cows are hooked up, two or more times a day, to milking machines.
Their reproductive systems are manipulated through genetic selection even though this practise has negative effects on their health.
Sometimes even drugs are used to get a cow to produce more milk, and the artificial insemination and strict milking schedules are all in place to have the cow produce as much milk as possible.
Did you know that today the average cow produces more than four times as much milk as cows did in 1950? No wonder we have a saying about being exploited and abused. " Being used like a milk-cow"
In many cases in factory farms cows will be dosed with recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH), which contributes to an increased incidence of mastitis, a painful inflammation of the udder. (In the U.S., rBGH is still used, but it has been banned in Canada and the European Union because of concerns about human health and animal welfare.)
Even the U.S. Department of Agriculture admits that 16.5 percent of cows used for their milk suffer from mastitis, which is one of the foremost causes of death in adult cows in the dairy industry.
While a cow’s natural lifespan is about 20 years, cows used in the dairy industry are typically killed after about five years because their bodies wear out from constantly being pregnant or lactating.
A dairy-industry study found that by the time they are killed, nearly 50 percent of cows are lame because of standing on concrete flooring and filth in intensive confinement. Cows’ bodies are often turned into soup, food for dogs and cats, or ground beef because they are too “spent” to be used for anything else. Do you still like your milk now?
Calves Used for Veal
Male calves are seen as “byproducts” of the dairy industry and are generally taken from their mothers when they’re less than a day old. Many are shipped off to barren, filthy feedlots to await slaughter. Others are kept in cramped pens or tiny crates, where they’re prevented from moving much so that their flesh will stay soft and tender. In order to make their flesh white, the calves are fed a diet that is low in iron and has little nutritive value. This horrible and cruel treatment often makes them very ill, and they frequently suffer from anemia, diarrhea, and pneumonia.
Please watch the following videos about the dairy industry if you want to know more about what goes on in the dairy industry and about the effects of the dairy industry on your body and on the planet.
Afraid and sick and lonely without their mothers these calves are usually killed after only a few months of life so that their flesh can be sold as "veal".
All adult and baby cows, whether raised for their flesh or their milk, are eventually shipped to a slaughterhouse and killed.
After reading about the horrors that the dairy industry bring to the cows, I am sure you will want to remove dairy products from your diet. And it's so very easy nowadays.
Almost every super market offers plant based milk to the savvy consumer. Even here in Panama the super markets are offering a variety of vegan milks such as soy, rice, oat, and almond milk and soy- and coconut-based ice cream.
Check out a list of our favourite dairy alternatives from the websites below.
A word to the vegetarians among you : Vegetarians please #govegan!
Vegetarians are people that choose not to eat meat of any kind, but that usually do eat milk, dairy and eggs.
I used to be one myself and I am still sorry for not getting in the know any sooner and stop contributing to the most horrendous of all industries: The Dairy and Egg industries.
Please read this very interesting article from The Fat Vegan here and learn why the dairy industry and the egg industry are actually worse than the meat industry in the sense of the prolonged suffering of the animals used in these industries.
And Read what Mercy for Animals has to say on the subject here
Is eating and drinking a necessity for humans? What about calcium and proteins?
There you go! Now you are in the know about the dairy industry.