Even if you don’t eat meat, you might think consuming milk fits with a vegetarian diet.
We all have images of farmers pumping milk by hand, and it seems a natural part of life and a benign use of the cow. But we don’t really think much about it at all, do we?
Do you know what the life of cow bred to produce milk is like? Like most animals used for mass consumption, a milk cow lives in cramped and often filthy conditions. It is fed hormones to stimulate its reproductive process, because this is when a mammal produces milk: when it’s pregnant . But as soon as the calf is born, it is taken away from its mother. AA male calf is often sent to a terrible fate: it is bred in order to produce veal. A female calf will be bred to become a milk cow, just like her mother
More often than not, cows mourn for their babies. . They’ll be seen bellowing for them and looking for them. Mass producing milk for human consumption disrupts the natural order of things.
The cows are fed hormones to continue to stimulate milk production. The electric pumps are painful to the cow’s udders. With the hormone stimulation, cows are forced to produce 10 times more milk than they would do ordinarily.
When cows can not produce any more milk, they are then slaughtered for ground beef. It also takes an enormous amount of natural resources to feed and water all these cows. The water table is being depleted to sustain this enormous industry. And the waste produced by all these large animals is having a detrimental effect on the environment.
We really don’t need to consume milk after a certain age. Why would we continue to support this industry that’s built on animal suffering? To really top it off, humans are not meant to drink cow milk. Calfs are meant to drink cow milk and we, humans, are meant to drink human milk. Our bodies were not designed to digest the proteins in cow milk – so why bother? Especially when you can get more calcium from a green, leafy vegetable?