White Lie: The Odious Secret of Dairy Industry

Happy cows only exist in the images on milk cartons

Milk. Milk has been so articulately bred in the workings of daily life, that existence without it is impossible to imagine but is it? Humans, like every other mammal SHOULDN’T, drink milk after it stops breastfeeding. So why is milk consumed anyway? The only answer that comes to mind is: to satisfy the human want of taste. Yes, dairy products have no significant health benefits which cannot be taken from more sustainable, ethical, and healthier alternatives.  Thus, leaving us with one option – taste, but is it worth it? Does the satisfaction of pleasure compensate for the heinous lies this industry hides? 

The Procedure

Before the commercialization of milk, A normal lactation procedure would be as follows. 

The newborn calf will be kept near his mother or other calves. He/she will be allowed to graze and eat fresh grass. As the no. of animals would be less, they will receive affection and love from their human caretakers. The female cattle will reach puberty at the age of anywhere between 16-40 months. After around 4 months she would start reproducing. After 9 months of the pregnancy, she will give birth and produce milk. Half of it will be kept for the calf and the rest humans will take.

An increase in population and demand for milk and our refusal to adapt and adjust has resulted in the following. 

Industrialization of not milk – but cattle.

Industrialization means the extensive reorganization of something for the purpose of manufacturing. And this is exactly what has happened; Cows are not living beings anymore but just milk-manufacturing money-making machines.  Read on to find out how.

If the newborn calf is a male, they will abandon him on the road only a day after he is born. Where he will either starve to death or be slaughtered for meat. 

If it is a female, she will be locked in a small cage. So, the humans can keep the milk for themselves. When she grows up she will suffer the same fate as her poor mother…

The mother who has been separated from her child which she carried inside her body for 10 tiring months,  is immediately made to lactate. Now, the lactating process if done frequently(which it is, as the cows are made artificially pregnant again and again) causes pain, mastitis, and premature death. With help of antibiotics and hormones, the milk production in a bovine’s body has doubled than what it would normally be. Which leads to serious serious damage to their body. Not only this but the cows are kept in uninhabitable conditions. Covered in their own filth they are not treated unless it is affecting the quantity of milk. Kept in small cemented compartments, never made to see the light, they are fed in most cases only dry grass. Even if she makes it alive to menopause, like her calf she will be abandoned to either starve or be slaughtered. 

Is there a need to say anything else? Now that you know the truth, it is your decision to make: to buy dairy or… boycott dairy.  

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