Induction, Murder and a Glass of Milk

June 20, 2010

There is a technique commonly used in New Zealand called Induction. Induction has been in use here for about 40 years and has become common practice. It is a process to get late calving cows to calve up to ten weeks earlier than they naturally would.

The process involves an injection of long acting corticosteroid which fools the cows into getting ready to calve; in a normal pregnancy corticosteroids are released by a calf as it is approaching maturity. A second injection two weeks later causes the cow to calve.

A cow is induced to birth her calf prematurely, thereby increasing her milking season, ie more money. The cows are all injected at the same time and I have been informed that in the Waikato it is not unusual to do mobs of 50 cows at a time. In the South Island with bigger herd sizes there could easily be over 100 cows induced at one time.

The calves either die before birth, die of prematurity and/or exposure or they’re killed in the paddock. The estimate is this is done to around 200,000 calves a year in New Zealand.

Watch this video and decide – Is this humane? Is this acceptable for just an economic benefit to farmers? Is this acceptable for a glass of milk?

The comment from this person who took with this video was “This video was taken on a farm I work on. I just can’t stand by and see this horror and pretend NZ dairy farming is clean and green. When actually it is the opposite. These calves were from induced cows, meaning they were injected by a vet to hurry the process of calving and to mainly get milk from the cow to make money. These calfs were all killed or had died at birth and will be used for pet food. This is the ugly face of some New Zealand dairy farms.”

This procedure is little known by the public and not commonly used overseas and would very much affect New Zealand’s dairy reputation, so the industry does have some motivation for stopping it. It is time to raise awareness of this practice as the dairy industry is revising their Code for Inductions this October. 


Shaking Up A Cow

June 16, 2010

I have just finished watching the TV1 late news and there was an article regarding a farmer who was banned for selling his fizzy milk at Waikato Field Days this week due to coca cola having the rights to sell their fizzy milk.

I probably would have let this news clip pass if it wasn’t for a couple of comments made both during and after the item.

One man interviewed at the Field Day said that it was a shame that the farmer was banned as he had put blood, sweat and tears into it. WHO has put the blood, sweat and tears into it? The cows and their babies, that’s who. Not the farmer who is running a profitable business on the exploitation, death and suffering of what he perceives as ‘his commodities’.

Then after the clip the TV1 news presenter made a really silly comment “Shaking up a cow, who would have thought of it!” Shaking up a cow? There is rather a lot more to it than that, if only he knew. And that in itself is the problem, if only he knew, and others too, of the truth behind what is in a glass of milk from a dairy cow.

And why fizzy milk? – cola flavoured fizzy milk? – to get kids to drink more milk, that’s why cola flavoured fizzy milk. What! – do they think that putting two really bad drinks together is going to miraculously make a healthy drink? Dairy cow milk is not needed in our diet, it does more harm than good and those that are suggesting children drink it to get calcium should really look into what milk from another species does to the health of a human. There are far better options available for maintaining a well-balanced calcium level without resorting to reliance on an industry (the dairy industry) that not only hides the truth but is perpetuating the death and suffering of thousands of cows and their babies for financial greed.

Refer to a previous post which details what is really involved in getting milk from a cow.

And visit the website NZ Dairy Cruelty for information on how drinking milk harms cows. There is also other extremely valuable and informative information on this site, so while there, browse around.

Do You Drink Milk?

May 30, 2010

28 Things You Should Know …

Milk is Dangerous

February 19, 2010

New website for everyone to visit:

I won’t tell you all about it as I would rather you check it out for yourselves. All I can say is “Well done Bruce”.

Where do cows get their calcium?

July 27, 2009

Demand dictates and greed/profit supplies. The dairy industry inflicts unnecessary and inhumane suffering on cows and of course their babies. Not only are the cows painfully inseminated frequently with sperm from genetic companies, ensuring continuous pregnancy and lactation, but once their babies are born they are torn (both crying) from their mothers, sometimes a couple of days old, often only a couple of hours old. The calves either go to the slaughterhouse for their little bodies to support the veal meat industry and their tiny stomachs to make rennet for the cheese industry or if they are a healthy female they go into an often unsheltered paddock with other ‘torn’ babies and fed on an inferior product other than their mother’s natural milk (non-saleable milk or milk replacer). They are then put onto solid feeds at only six to eight weeks, only for the same fateful life as their mothers feared, to be continuously pregnant or lactating with no chance ever to bond with the (up to 10) babies they deliver.

Alone in a crowd on a cold frosty morning

Alone in a crowd on a cold frosty morning

The calves who go to the slaughterhouse suffer terribly on their journey in cattle trucks where they struggle to keep their footing. They are generally cold and hungry by the time they get to the slaughterhouse. A calf does not want to die, a cow does not want her baby to die. All a cow wants to do is bond with and feed her baby and all a calf wants to do is bond with and feed from his or her mother – and they would do this for anything up to 12 months.

Cows would naturally live up to 25-years of age but are sent to the slaughterhouse when their milk declines generally when they are 7-10 years of age. But before their untimely death they are often kept in paddocks without any shelter and suffer in summer from the heat and in winter from the cold winds and here in the South Island we have some serious frosts and even snow. And because they no longer have their babies to feed, they are walked to milking sheds and can suffer lameness, an agonizing thing to suffer from, from the walk which can be quite a distance or from standing on the concrete at the milking sheds. 

What a horrible thing to do to sentient beings!!! A cruel and unnecessary thing to do to such a docile animal, just so we as humans can have a glass of milk in the morning.

Some people will justify, or ignore the above treatment because it is believed or they are told that the milk is a great source of calcium but the truth is most of us are just not aware and are not informed of the horrors of the milk industry.

Well, I am here to ask you something, why do cows have calcium in their milk? They don’t get it from drinking milk. Did you do your chemistry at school and learn that calcium is a mineral? Minerals come from the ground in which plants grow, so in essence the cows get calcium because they eat plants. I know we are not going to all rush out and eat grass or clover, our bodies can’t digest it properly, but keeping in mind that grass and clover are only two plants in a huge list of plants then you know exactly what I am going to suggest, don’t you? Yes! Eat plants, get your calcium from the source and not the cow.

The other important factor is of course that a cow’s milk is produced for optimum growth of her calf i.e. it increases cell growth rapidly. So what do you think it does to the cells of a human when consumed? That’s right, increases cell growth, and if you have cells that are abnormal then they grow extra fast too. And surely, if the cow was put on this planet for her milk to be consumed by humans don’t you think it would have been the right composition for human consumption. For humans who consume excessive amounts of dairy products it actually interferes with calcium absorption. Cows’ milk is made for calves, just like cats’ milk is made for kittens, horses’ milk is made for foals and humans’ milk is made for human infants.

vitasoy ricemilkAlternative milks are rice milk, soy milk, oat milk, almond milk, or how about making your own nut or seed milk out of  cashews or macadamias perhaps (replacing the honey from recipes of course). For alternative dairy replacement ideas visit NZ Dairy Cruelty’s site. There is a huge range of things that will naturally give you enough calcium to lead a very calcium-filled life, some of which are as follows, and this is by no means the complete list:

  • Almonds
  • Apricots
  • Avocado
  • Brazil nuts
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carob powder
  • Chick peas
  • Collard greens
  • Currants
  • Dates
  • Figs
  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Hazelnuts
  • Kale leaves
  • Kelp
  • Lentils
  • Linseed
  • Molasses
  • Mung beans
  • Navy beans
  • Okra
  • Olives
  • Parsley
  • Pinto beans
  • Prunes
  • Raisins
  • Rhubarb
  • Rice milk (calcium enriched)
  • Sesame seeds
  • Silverbeet
  • Soybeans
  • Spinach
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Tofu (set with calcium)
  • Turnip greens
  • Walnuts
  • White beans