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.
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.
Alternative 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:
- Brazil nuts
- Carob powder
- Chick peas
- Collard greens
- Green leafy vegetables
- Kale leaves
- Mung beans
- Navy beans
- Pinto beans
- Rice milk (calcium enriched)
- Sesame seeds
- Sunflower seeds
- Tofu (set with calcium)
- Turnip greens
- White beans