Dairy cows

Which came first: the milk or the calf?

The lack of debate on the impact of human consumption of dairy on animals can generate the feeling that the dairy industry is not so cruel. After all, a carton of milk in the supermarket does not seem to be related to any suffering or death. Especially when it is widely believed that producing milk is a natural characteristic of the cow.

When looking separately, it may even make some sense. But unfortunately that is not the case:

Calves are separated from their mothers shortly after birth. If it is female, she can be kept to be a future dairy cow, but if it is male, he can have the following destinations: be sent soon for the production of “veal”, be raised for beef production or simply be discharged as its sale will not be profitable. The meat industry is also the destination for dairy cows that are less productive than younger cows, and this is a fast cycle. A cow could live up to 25 years or more, but here she is slaughtered between three and six years of age, after three to five lactations.

In addition to the exploitation until exhaustion of dairy cows and their inevitable destination in the meat industry, there are some methods that make industry even more cruel: animal branding, tail docking, castration and dehorning. Moreover, the intensity of milk production can cause health problems such as mastitis and lameness.

It is essential that our society becomes aware of this reality, to demand that the dairy industry commits itself and implements animal welfare practices to at least reduce the suffering of these animals.

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