In the summer I taught a class titled “dairy is scary” and I showed a video which I am sharing now. It would be a disservice of me to not let people know what I know.
Like all mammals, cows must give birth in order to make milk. To keep cows lactating at maximum yields, cows are repeatedly and forcibly artificially impregnated year after year.
When the newborn dairy calves are born, 97% of them are forcibly removed from their mothers within the first 24-hours. The rest are removed in a matter of days.
On so-called “humane dairy farms”, cows are often taken within the first hour of birth as separation of mother and calf is considered less stressful when they have not been allowed to bond.
Whether on factory farms, “family” farms, or small, humane-certified farms, male calves and surplus females are sold to be slaughtered for veal or cheap beef. The veal industry would not exist without the dairy industry.
In natural conditions, cows can live 20 to 25 years. But trapped in a cycle of forced impregnation, perpetual lactation and near constant confinement, most dairy cows’ overworked bodies begin producing less milk at around 4 to 5 years of age, at which point they are slaughtered. Their worn out bodies become ground beef and restaurant hamburgers.
Peta has done studies to challenge the thinking that dairy is essential to our everyday health and the growth and healthy development of our children. Read their article on 11 Reasons to Stop Drinking Cow’s Milk.
The article suggests that the consumption of milk and other dairy products leads to an increased risk of prostate cancer. It also explains that cow’s milk contains a sugar called lactose that can be difficult for people to digest, resulting in symptoms such as nausea, cramps, gas, bloating, and diarrhea.
The same article recaps a Swedish study that showed that women who consumed four or more servings of dairy products each day were twice as likely to develop serous ovarian cancer as those who consumed two or fewer servings of dairy products each day. Dairy is scary!
Eliminating dairy from your diet doesn’t have to be difficult. Vegan cooking can be delicious. All dairy farming depends on the exploitation and destruction of motherhood. Educate others by sharing information about dairy production with them.
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Watch the video and read below. Here is why dairy is scary.