Dairy industry is no better than the beef industry
Posted Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 9:49 PM
We should never use milk or milk products on humane grounds alone. Just like the battery hen-egg industry is silent on the issue of what they do with newborn male chickens, the dairy industry is very silent on what they do with newborn male calves that are born by their-milk producing mothers. In Oz, and I would suspect everywhere else too, they are taken from their mothers after just 2-3-4 days old and transported to saleyards where they are sold as 'veal' and 'waste products'. Much to its disgrace, the Australian Government recently refused to amend a 'code of practice' (these codes are used in Oz as a way of legalising the treatment of animals that would be unlawful if applied to domestic pets) that would have provided that calves left in trucks and slaughter yards overnight don't need to be given anything to drink. Still, I guess thirst is the least of their worries. Check out the Animals Australia website at http://www.animalsaustralia.org/ and the dairy cows factsheet at http://www.animalsaustralia.org/factsheets/dairy_cows.php
I used to have milk in my tea and coffee (and sugar too) but gave them up to help me lose weight - which I did. If only I'd known about the tragic consequences of my milk drinking and cheese eating on calves and dairy cows I would have given it up sooner. And once you've given it up, you'll never go back to it. It tastes awful after doing without it for a while.