In nature, i.e. the NATURAL way of life… a cow would feed her baby for 9-12 months. The cow and baby form an incredibly strong bond as soon as the baby is born. Just like humans do. Just like a mother giving birth to her child does.
On a Dairy farm… they are torn apart between 12 – 72 hours. It is an incredibly traumatic separation and the cows are left mourning for a long time.
The mother is then ‘impregnated’ again… by humans.
The cow will produce most of her milk at around 40 – 60 days after she has given birth. Thats when she is impregnated again and the cycle continues. Some cows are kept for up to ten ‘cycles’, but the large majority are only kept for up to 4.
Naturally? they would live up to 22 years.
The calves are fed a milk replacer, which causes them to become susceptible to disease as the milk is low quality and often ill-prepared. Many calves can die from this. To prevent this from happening, they are moved on to solids far sooner than they should be.
Under welfare regulations, calves can actually be housed alone in individual sheds. This can last up until 8 weeks old where they can then be introduced to group housing. So the calve has been torn away from its mother, isolated and artificially fed unnatural milk. Awesome. Don’t get told this in school.
Female calves will eventually enter the dairy herd to replace the worn out cows who have spent a whole life, being pregnant (how else do you think they get milk from them? they have to be constantly pregnant). They have repeatedly given birth, have been quickly separated from their new born calves, to repeat the process over, and over, and over again… until they are too worn out. Thats what these lucky calves now have to look forward to a life of! All for us to have a glass of milk, or milk in our coffee… which we can still have anyway with all the alternatives available.
These are of ‘no use’ within the dairy industry. These are removed as above from their mother. Either shot (I say shot, some get their heads repeatedly stood on, some get thrown off a hard floor, some just get left to die, either way, they are killed), sold on to beef farms, or raised for veal. If they aren’t shot (!), they are usually loaded on to truck and sold at auction. Gosh, I don’t know which out of the three I’d rather? Yes I do… just shoot me straight away.
If they are sent for ‘veal’ then are usually put in to a crate that is around two feet wide with chains around their necks. this restricts their movement thus apparently making the meat more tender. They are fed a diet that is purposely deficient in iron and fibre, to give the meat a whiter colour. They are slaughtered after 16 weeks. Lovely.
Its estimated that around 100,000 to 150,000 are shot within hours of birth in the UK alone. Isn’t that great?
There is plenty of footage out there showing this happening by brave people that are going undercover to film it and raise awareness. You can’t be ok with this happening when it just doesn’t need to?
‘But cows need to be milked’
NO! Cows produce enough milk for their baby. That is why we can get milk from them… because they are making it for THEIR baby. If they do have more milk? Its because they have been fed growth hormones and are genetically engineered to produce more!
The growth hormones cause the udders to become unnaturally big and very heavy, which results in infections. The average dairy cow is now producing 10 times more milk per day than she naturally should be.
Please, don’t forget this when you go to make your next meal choice. This is happening right now. This will continue to happen, while you continue to buy into it.