Why you don’t eat anything animal based, such as milk and cheese and ice cream? I’m not aware if it hurts the animals or not, I wouldn’t think so, but I’m curious as to why that is?
Like any mammal, cows only produce milk after giving birth, to feed their young. This means that dairy cows must be artificially inseminated, involving forced penetration of the vagina and rectum. To achieve this, the industry uses what are commonly referred to as ‘rape racks’. When their child is born, they’re either killed, sent to a veal crate and killed after a few months of confinement, or kept to be integrated into the herd. Essentially, if you’re drinking cows’ milk, calves aren’t. Because they’re forced to produce such large quantities of milk daily, these cows will go lame at around four years of age, and are sent to the slaughter house to die. Cows live naturally for about 15 years, but this way they end up as cheap burgers from the likes of McDonald’s.
Cows have been found to be highly sociable. They form lifelong friendships and hold grudges, they bond strongly to their children, and they actually show excitement when they learn something new. There’s no difference between a cow and a dog or cat. So why eat one and play with the other?
Further, milk has actually been proven to be bad for the human body, and actually increases the rates of osteoporosis and cancer. (cit) Also, personally I just don’t understand why we need cows’ milk if we don’t need things like dog milk or giraffe milk. Once we’re weaned off our own mothers’ milk, we don’t need it again, so I’d prefer not to consume things I don’t need to. Especially when they come with the added concequences of death, pollution, climate change and destruction of the environment, and negative health effects.
Hope this helps!