14 FACTS ABOUT DAIRY COWS

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  • Female cows don’t just produce milk at will, like some udder shaped milk tap; they will produce milk for 1 year after giving birth
  • A cow pregnancy lasts 9 months
  • To impregnate a cow, she will be strapped into something called a Rape Rack and is artificially inseminated
  • The man who invented the Rape Rack also invented something called the Pit of Despair, which you can read about here. Spoilers, it is every bit as disturbing as that sounds
  • Her baby will be taken away from her either immediately (so called humane dairy farms will take calves away within an hour as separation of mother and calf is considered to be less stressful when parent and infant haven’t had time to bond), or within a few days (97% are taken within the first 12 hours of their life). There is an instant bond between Mother and infant, as there is between any animal – be they human, cow or other. The heartbreak and stress this causes to them both is unimaginable and the Mother will go through this pain and anguish more than once
  • Once Mother has her infant torn away she will go on to be milked by machine 4-5 times per day for 1 year, at which point she is impregnated again . This process will continue 3-4 more times before she is no longer producing “optimum milk” and their worn out bodies are sold off for use in things like pet food, soup or ground beef
  • Due to extensive genetic manipulation, today’s cows produce up to 12 times more milk than they would do naturally to feed their calves
  • Calves are deprived of their Mother’s milk and fed a diet of milk replacer
  • Female calves will either become dairy cows themselves or will be sold on to be slaughtered and used for cheap meat
  • Male calves will be sold on to the absolutely enormous veal industry. So if you drink milk, you are supporting the veal industry. Veal calves are kept in tiny cages/crates with barely enough room to move at all so that their flesh cannot develop into muscle.  They are sent to slaughter at 16-20 weeks of age, unable to walk as their muscles are so severely underdeveloped
  • Is it un-feminist to support the dairy industry? After all, this is an industry that profits from the exploitation of the female reproductive system
  • 21 million veal calves are slaughtered globally every year
  • Cows would naturally live to the age of 20-25 but dairy cows are slaughtered at the average age of 6
  • There are 28 million dairy cows worldwide (figure from January 2015)

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2 Comments

  1. March 10, 2016 / 10:12 am

    Great post – people need to know this stuff. Terrifying to think how much impact those 28 million cows are having on climate change too… 🙁

    • March 11, 2016 / 12:54 pm

      Thanks Guys. Totally forgot to add a point in about the environmental factors!

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