If Cows could talk:

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 Three years ago, when I stopped eating all dairy products in an attempt to reverse swelling in my joints, it never occurred to me that the animals who had been providing me with all that yummy cheese, milk and cream for the previous 47 years had lived horrific lives filled with more pain than my own joints ever thought of enduring.  I was oblivious, as most of the world is, to the hell inflicted on Cows in our world.  The daily constant pains and restrictions they are forced to endure by the Dairy industry are unthinkable.  

Don’t care about what cows are subjected to?  Maybe you would rather consider the lies we’ve all been filled with in the last few decades.  

Like all animal protein, milk acidifies the body pH which in turn triggers a biological correction. You see, calcium is an excellent acid neutralizer and the biggest storage of calcium in the body is – you guessed it… in the bones. So the very same calcium that our bones need to stay strong is utilized to neutralize the acidifying effect of milk. Once calcium is pulled out of the bones, it leaves the body via the urine, so that the surprising net result after this is an actual calcium deficit.

Until the end of the 19th century in Europe and the beginning of the 20th century in the US, milk was consumed unpasteurized or raw. Later on, homogenization became the industry’s standard. These processes further alter milk’s chemistry and actually increase its detrimental acidifying effects.

It takes between one and 15 cow hides to upholster modern cars with leather, and on average two to three cows have to kick the bucket to keep you comfortable in the leather seats of your family car.

In the name of increased milk production and profit, some dairy cows are repeatedly injected with bovine growth hormone, a genetically engineered hormone that has been shown to increase the risk of health problems like mastitis and lameness.

After being taken from their mother, calves’ cries can be so intense that their throats become irritated.

Arguing that it improves hygiene, dairy producers cut off cows’ tails, called “tail docking,” either by placing a tight rubber ring around the tail until it falls off or by cutting it off with a sharp instrument. Each method causes chronic pain. Cows use their tail to swish away flies and can suffer immensely during fly season.

Up to 33% of dairy cows develop mastitis, a very painful udder infection that can become systemic, and is a common reason for early slaughtering. Abnormally large udders produce problems walking, so a cow’s legs are usually spread apart, distorting the normal configurations of her pelvis and spine. Her back problems are aggravated when she must walk on hard ground and concrete.

Every year 17 million shots of antibiotics are given to cattle for infections related to milk production and other diseases. Most commercial ground beef is made from the meat of culled dairy cattle. Because dairy cattle have not been raised specifically for human consumption, dairy cattle have often been treated with antibiotics shortly before being butchered in an attempt to cure the disease that later resulted in their being killed. Therapeutic antibiotics are also routinely given to dairy calves and cattle. This means that antibiotics are entering the human food chain through the consumption of the milk and meat of dairy cattle

The nearly half a million factory farms in the U.S. produce 130 times more waste than the human population. Cattle produce nearly one billion tons of organic waste each year.

 

 

Help to give them a voice.  In 2014, go Vegan. 

sources:

The Anti-Cruelty Society

The Humane Society of the United States

Farm Sanctuary

Born Free

 PETA

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8 thoughts on “If Cows could talk:

  1. narf77

    People just don’t care about the undercurrent of cruelty that occurs to animals designated as “food” unless they get to see it first hand. I don’t know how anyone could continue supporting an industry that uses cruelty to “improve productivity” and profit over morality makes us lesser creatures. My hope is that if people won’t stop eating meat and animal byproducts, that they will at least stop supporting those industries that mass produce animal products on a huge scale and will buy their products from ethical production of these items. No-one should be supporting cruelty on a daily scale like these industries support…NO-ONE!

    1. Angela @ Canned Time Post author

      It is really really strange when we have so much care and opulence for cats and dogs and don’t think of other animals as any more than product. I’ll admit, though I was never a Big milk drinker cause it upset my stomach, I always thought of cheese and ice cream as just another food. At least we have the ability to learn, thanks Fran ♥

      1. narf77

        I used to eat my (not inconsiderable) weights worth of cheese. It was one of my addictions. I figure I saved an entire herd of cows from slavery when I stopped eating it. All it takes is for people to stop and actually think about where their food is coming from. To take it from unconscious to conscious and no-one would be able to keep eating animal products produced with this degree of separation. We are all in this together and that means we are just one of the creatures/species on this blue planet and we treat the rest of them with disrespect at our own peril.

  2. An Unrefined Vegan

    So many excellent (and horrifying) points here, Angela. I remember my jaw literally dropping when I learned that the very thing we were being told to consume to increase the strength of our bones was actually causing them to become more brittle. And yet the lie perpetuates. The only way to counter it (and similar lies and misinformation) is to keep hammering out the truth.

  3. veganmiam.com

    Thank you for voicing your thoughts about these beautiful cows, I love them dearly…it’s sad that some people don’t care! My parents grew up drinking soybean milk since soybeans are popular back then in Asia. My mother told me how she hated real dairy milk and cheese, but in the U.S. she kept saying milk is good for me, etc, to help me grow, to be tall, to be strong, etc. I never liked them anyway, it was iicccck! Fortunately it was easy to transition to eating vegan, removing dairy (and of course meat & honey). x Rika

    1. Angela @ Canned Time Post author

      I’ve found that people are generally more accepting to someone who doesn’t eat meat then they are to a non-dairy change or eggs. Not sure why it is so threatening for them to accept the truth about the nutritional facts behind cow’s milk or egg protein and they definitely are resistant to feeling empathy for a bird that lives a 45 day hell in droppings, feathers and filth just so that we can gobble up all the eggs and chicken the industry can provide.
      I have a few days each month when I’m traveling a route that also has large trucks full of chickens being transported to ‘death’ and it turns my stomach to see how they are squashed into the crates in open air no matter what the weather. Even if someone didn’t care about the birds welfare, you’d think that the dirty germ-ridden process would be enough to keep people from eating them. But, we can only hope that the truth shall set the animals free someday. Thanks for your comments and persistence to the cause of animal welfare Rika ♥


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