When I first started getting interested into veganism, I read “The Cheese Trap” by Dr. Neal Barnard, & realized that cows are mammals and like us they need to be pregnant and give birth to lactate. This means that the milk you grew up drinking actually belonged to baby calves. I had never considered this before.
In order for a cow to produce milk, the dairy industry has to artificially inseminate her (read rape and impregnate) and take her baby calf away from her hours after birth and steal her milk. Those babies, if they are female will be subjected to the same fate as their mothers when they are old enough. If they are males, they will be sold to the meat industry, and will be raised for beef. The bond a mother and baby share does not differentiate between species. Having her baby taken away hurt a mother cow as much as it would hurt you.
Now that I am becoming a mother, I can’t ever imagine doing this to another mother. Imprisoning her, assaulting her, taking a baby away and stealing her milk. It’s an uncomfortable realization to make, I know. Can you imagine if this happened to you? If we took your baby and forced you to give up your milk? That is cruel, inhumane, violent, unjust and abusive. Did you know humans are the only species to consume another species’s milk and to consume milk after infancy.
Cow’s milk is specifically designed for baby calves just as elephant milk is designed for baby elephants and human breast milk is designed for human babies.
Don’t conform unconsciously. Don’t let billon dollar corporations confuse you and distract you. They are not concerned about your wellbeing or the wellbeing of other creatures. The dairy industry along with the meat and fishing industry want to keep you in the dark. They want you the remain unconscious but the truth is that there is no compassionate way to consume animal products. We have been conditioned by the media and the dairy industry to believe that we need dairy to survive and be healthy but this is false. The countries that consume the highest amounts of dairy are also are the countries who have the highest rates of osteoporosis, because all animal protein is highly acidic. So when animal foods are ingested the human body often leaches calcium from our bones to balance the acidity in the body. For more detailed information on how difficult it is to get truthful nutritional information to the public, read the book “Whole”, by Nutritional Biochemist Scientist, T. Colin Campbell. We all vote with our dollars. By drinking a glass of milk, and eating cheese and butter you are supporting the practice of baby calves to be stolen from their mothers.
Furthermore, about 75% of humans are lactose intolerant. The human body actually becomes increasing intolerant to lactose, the form of sugar present in mammal milk, as it ages. The enzyme, lactase, you are born with, which breaks down this sugar, naturally becomes depleted as we mature. The logic behind this is that past infancy, humans are meant to be weaned off of their mother’s milk. We are not physiologically designed to thrive on the breast milk of another mammal.
Often, they also pump the mother cow full of hormones and antibiotics to increase her milk supply, and the over pumping can cause her to have clogged and infected ducts. Machines are hooked up to her udders everyday to suck them dry. Infections and pus form inside and outside of the udder and the pus is then sucked in with the milk! You can find millions of pus cells, bovine growth hormones, antibiotics, feces, and more. Even in pasteurized milk.
When cows no longer produce optimal amounts of milk, they are sent straight to the slaughter house. When given a chance, cows can live up to 18-25 years but the dairy industry allows female cows to live 5-7 years at the most.
It’s a difficult truth to accept.
You have all the tools you need. And it is your responsibility to educate yourself. And your children. Make an educated decision.
Remember… There are so many alternatives now, soy, almond, cashew, or coconut milk and they are all delicious!
Animals are here with us. Not for us. Don’t contribute to their suffering.
Suggested readings :
“The Cheese Trap” by Dr. Neal Barnard
“Whole” by T. Colin Campbell