Mother cows produce milk for the same reason that human mothers do—to feed their babies. In this new video, American actor Emily Deschanel exposes how baby cows are torn away from their mothers at birth and also how both mother and child are condemned to lives of cruelty and pain.
Cows raised for the dairy industry are confined to tiny and filthy enclosures, pumped full of antibiotics and hormones, suffer from severe mastitis (a painful inflammation of the mammary glands), are branded and dehorned without painkillers, and are eventually sent to slaughter when they are no longer profitable. To an industry built on making money from the exploitation of cows for milk, males serve no purpose. Male calves are sent to slaughter immediately or are sold to the veal industry for another kind of misery.
Naturally, cows live approximately 25 years, but cows used by the dairy industry are killed after only four or five years because they become less profitable. The intense confinement, barbaric treatment, filth, and stress of always being pregnant and giving milk leave their bodies weak. No longer making enough “product,” these mother cows are slaughtered in order to be turned into dog and cat food, soup stock, or other low-grade meats.
Many studies show that people around the world, especially Asians, are lactose intolerant. Some studies show that more than 90 percent of certain ethnic groups in Asia cannot digest milk—and yet milk consumption in Asia is growing. Milk is bad for us and bad for cows. Dairy products have been linked to many diseases and health problems, including cancer, diabetes, and even acne.
For the countless mothers and calves on dairy farms—and for your own health—join Emily and go vegan today!
Posted by Edwina Baier