The dairy industry has been on my mind a lot lately. I recently watched a very heart-wrenching video showing a calf being taken away from its mother shortly after birth. The calf was roughly pulled away by a man and shoved in the back of a van. As the van drove away, the mother chased after it, the calf looking out the window longingly. I had never cried while watching the most graphic videos exposing the meat industry, though they were difficult to watch. But this simple video brought me to tears.
To me, The most saddening part is that many people consider dairy and eggs to be more compassionate than meat. I, however, disagree. A glass of milk has the same amount of suffering in it as a slab of steak, if not more. Meat comes from animals who have been slaughtered. Dairy and eggs come from animals who will be slaughtered. Even though the cows your dairy came from were not yet killed, there is still blood on your hands. A glass of milk marks a death sentence for both the mother it came from and the baby it was meant for. Singling out meat as unethical but allowing milk and eggs to remain is failing to acknowledge the lifetime of slavery and ultimate slaughter these animals must endure. You are either abusing and exploiting animals, or you’re not. All animal products are equally cruel and inhumane.
The jugs of milk in our homes and grocery stores did not emerge from thin air. They came from lactating mother cows, whose babies were stolen away from them so humans could drink their milk. I made this graphic to bridge the gap between the white liquid in your cup and the grieving mother it came from.
So let’s save the milk for those who truly need it: baby calves.