There are many compelling reasons to avoid dairy products, and in my last post we looked at some of the serious health risks that dairy consumption poses.
Today though, I’d like to approach this topic from an ethical standpoint and discuss some of the lesser-known truths behind commercial dairy milk production.
When you decide to purchase dairy products you are funding a powerful industry that routinely commits acts of unimaginable animal cruelty. Tweet This
I’m not just talking about the odd case of animal neglect or mistreatment (which would be bad enough in itself), I’m talking about a constant cycle of sexual, psychological and physical abuse, that dairy cows endure throughout their lives.
What you read below might shock you, however, if you’re still consuming dairy products (and you consider yourself to be a compassionate person) I urge you to read on.
What many people fail to realise, is that as mammals only produce milk when they’re pregnant, dairy cows must be continually raped throughout their lives, in order to keep them producing milk.
Cows are artificially inseminated whilst being restrained in a device, that’s commonly referred to in the industry as a ‘rape rack’. This prevents the cow from moving, whilst she has a probe containing semen inserted into her vagina. A human arm is also forced into her anus and up into her colon, to guide the probe into place. 😧
Once pregnant, dairy cows are then milked throughout the duration of their pregnancy (a practice which allows extremely high levels of naturally occurring hormones, to leech into the milk).
Then, just a few short days after giving birth, the mother and her newborn calf are painfully ripped apart. The loving bond between the mother and baby is strong (just like that of a human mother and baby) and when they become separated forever, they experience severe psychological trauma and grief.
Can you imagine how it must feel to be forcibly impregnated, and then have to suffer the loss of your child, over and over again? It’s the stuff that nightmares are made of – but for dairy cows, this is their reality.
Perhaps you’re wondering what happens to the calves once they’ve been torn away from their mothers?
Well, if the baby is a boy then he’ll either be shot immediately, or go on to be raised for veal or beef (where his life is ended abruptly, far short of his natural lifespan). If the baby is a girl, then she will go on to live a life of abuse, and become a milk-making machine like her mother.
If the baby is a girl however, then she will go on to live a life of abuse, and become a milk-making machine like her mother.
During their years of being sexually exploited, dairy cows regularly contract painful infections such as mastitis (a bacterial infection of the udder). Because of this many cows are given antibiotics, to either treat or even prevent this condition. This is why traces of antibiotics, as well as dead white blood cells (pus) can be found within commercially sold milk. (If you live in Europe then up to 400 million somatic cells per litre, are permitted under EU regulations. The majority of these cells are pus.)
When dairy cows reach around 5 years old (a fraction of their natural lifespan) they eventually become so exhausted that they stop producing the quantity of milk, that the dairy industry deems sufficient. After this, their lives are seen as expendable and they are promptly sent to the slaughterhouse to be killed for cheap (usually processed) meats. 😥
Each drop of milk is a token of all the atrocities that these poor creatures have suffered, but thankfully we can all create change, by choosing not to support this industry.
In my next post I’ll be looking at the variety of plant milks now available, which are not only safer for your health but are also cruelty-free!
If you’d like to find out more about the truth behind dairy farming please visit http://www.whitelies.org.uk