No, I am not talking about a breakup, unless you are as obsessed with ice cream as much I am because this full on relationship to dairy thing is apparently one I need to break apart from. “But why do that” you may ask. Maybe I feel like boycotting the dairy industry may make it turn around or maybe there simply isn’t a humane way to mass produce such goods these days but either way its worth the thought when you actually consider some of the facts that are hidden from consumers such as you and me. I didn’t expect it to be an amazing spa resort for the cows but was still shocked at the severity I hadn’t anticipated finding. So we were talking about the bovine growth hormone the media reporters were hushed up about and that made me wonder what else the major organizations were hushed up about within the dairy industry itself. I came across several things most people probably don’t even realize are actually happening.Out of 9 million dairy cows 3 million are slaughtered each year (http://freefromharm.org/dairyfacts/.com) . So apparently whenever a dairy cow starts becoming less productive they are at times slaughtered no matter what the age. These cows are being killed at age 4-5 due to being exhausted from conditions and surroundings. Cows can live up to 20 or even 25 years of age so its a pretty dramatic deduction in life span and makes living things feel used up and murdered like we couldn’t find a way to allow them at least more time in life. There are pretty much just seen as a product in the business of course. 90% of their operations are indoor operations and 60% of them live with a chain shortly tethered to their necks ( http://freefromharm.org/dairyfacts/).
I read that 97% of dairy calves are forcibly removed from their mothers. The only solution the humane dairy farms see fit to do is to remove the babies within the first hour of birth so no real bond is made in an effort to reduce trauma from the event but still seems like a morally wrong thing to do to a living creature. Genetic manipulation as well as forced pregnancy’s lead to a cow that apparently produces 12 times more milk than they would have naturally produced to feed a calf. ( http://freefromharm.org/dairyfacts/.com ). So exhaustion of the cow can lead to them being slaughtered at a young age and traumatic experiences are had in the short time they do get. All of the statistics and realities of this corporation never seem to be streaming on the main stream media outlets too often and so it seems they have done well in concealing these harsh realities. So what should we do boycott it, give it up or, find another way maybe? Here’s a little hope that there is one and maybe someone will see this and post a solution in response that takes a step in the right direction for these creatures and once again ask ourselves if we do or don’t believe in quality of life as a natural right and who receives those rights. Tell me what you think of this silenced reality.
– Tymandra Amburgy-
Web link: (http://freefromharm.org/dairyfacts/.com)
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