For most dairy cows, a life on the pasture, as adverts often plays it, is a distant reality.
The dairy industry has been promoting the consumption of mammalian milk for 60 years!
Millions of dairy cows only live their entire existence as dairy cows in the “stable”.
Millions of cows are still tied up in stables and cannot move freely.
Many people believe that cows give milk “just like that”.
But like humans and other mammals, they must first give birth to a child. After the birth, their child is taken from them. Cows are very emotional creatures and have a very strong mother-child relationship. After the separation, the child and mother cry desperately for one another for days.
A cow by nature only produces about 8 liters of milk per day and that to feed its own calf
The high-performance cows in the dairy industry produce up to 50 liters per day. For the cows, this means extreme physical performance.
Worldwide milk production is currently around 600 million tons per year, with cow’s milk accounting for almost 85 percent. In order to achieve these immense “yields”, the cows have to constantly produce milk.
And they can only do that if they are constantly artificially inseminated and give birth to calves that – regardless of the organic cow – are taken away from them shortly after birth because the milk is reserved for humans.
The unnaturally high milk yield is like a daily marathon and drains the animals’ strength.
They are inseminated again – artificially – just six weeks after the birth.
Dairy cows are used as milk machines for an average of 5 years before they are slaughtered. In a safe environment, cows would have a natural life expectancy of up to 25 years.
Nowadays, three to four births (= “calvings”) are considered sufficient for the desired amount of milk, with so-called high-performance cows apparently two births are sufficient.
Then the animals have had their day and end up in the slaughterhouse.
Many consumers are unaware of all of this. Or they don’t care how much suffering milk is associated with
We call for an end to human consumption of non-human breast milk.
There are many alternatives to this
My best regards to all, Venus