Got Milk?

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.

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So let’s save the milk for those who truly need it: baby calves.

Best,

Leila

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15 thoughts on “Got Milk?

  1. The diary aisles at the supermarket brake my heart in as much as the meat ones do. Diary is an inseparable part of the cruelty of the meat industry. It could not be more brutal, harrowing and unnecessary –al this concealed with marketing strategies of happy cows. Thank you for this post and the clever graphic.

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    • I cannot agree enough. Seeing milk advertised with cheerful cows or bucolic farm scenes is upsetting and couldn’t be more inaccurate. Plant-based milk has more calcium than dairy milk, without the fat, cholesterol, and hormones. Dairy milk is completely unnecessary.

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  2. Eleanor says:

    The video you posted is absolutely heartbreaking, I agree so much with this post. The meat and dairy industry is horrifically cruel and awful. It makes me feel so sick to think that living creatures are being treated this way. I can’t believe that people can justify this – it’s like just because they’re animals, they don’t matter as much as humans. I once saw a quote about animals saying “The question is not ‘Can they reason’ nor ‘Can they talk’ but ‘Can they suffer?'”, which is so true and I wish more people would realize this.
    I love your blog, it sheds so much light on this terrible industry. x

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    • Thank you so much for your support! I am glad the video touched you. I hate it when people see this cruelty and deny it. Thank you for sharing that quote. No matter animals’ intelligence, their capacity to feel pain and suffering is the same as any human. I’m glad you enjoy my blog! 🙂

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      • Eleanor says:

        I know, my dad says that animals like cows are “killed instantly so they feel no pain” which is of course untrue since their wholes lives are filled with torture and then he’s not even taking into consideration the dairy industry. Like a lot of people, he’s not a cruel person, but just doesn’t know what happens behind the walls of these industrial farms and slaughter houses. And exactly! Pigs can be as smart as 3 year old children, and I was once told about a video where a duck got a man to save her ducklings that had fallen into the gutter – they’re much smarter than people give them credit for. If only more people realized that the animals deserve to have a good life too.

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      • I completely agree. It is terrible that people have to be told about the emotional and intellectual capabilities of animals before their welfare matters. Many don’t know that pigs are more intelligent than dogs and that baby chicks (who are ground alive by the egg industry) are more aware of their surroundings than human toddlers. Now a days, there is a huge wall between consumers and where their food comes from. It is so easy to ignore and deny the pain and suffering of farm animals. So many people just don’t care and refuse to change. I wish people could make the connection that their dinner is pure death! The animal industry kills billions of innocent, beautiful animals each year, and is destroying the planet. It’s so horrifying. And the worst part is, we have the power to stop this industry, but we keep feeding it.

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      • Eleanor says:

        I couldn’t have said that better, it’s so true. I didn’t know that about the baby chickens being more aware, that’s really interesting and also really sad. People would never kill and eat a toddler, but would murder a baby chicken or a little piglet with no problem.
        Yes, exactly! Or that the clothes they’re wearing or products they’re using have so much pain and torture in them. Humans are no better than animals, and don’t have the right to think so. Animals have just as much right as us to be alive and to live happily, and we shouldn’t be allowed to take that from them. Another thing is that people think they need meat for iron and protein, milk for calcium, etc, but they don’t! I’ve been a vegan for over a year now, and I’m doing great. When I got my blood checked, I had as much iron, protein, etc as the average person who eats meat and dairy has. Everything people need is in fruit, veg, cereals&grains, etc. There is absolutely no need for the killing and torture because people can be much more healthy on a plant based diet.

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      • I watched a really interesting interview with a vegan activist and he made an excellent point that relates to what you said. Humans think they have the right to eat animals because they are more intelligent, important, and powerful. But he pointed out that if humans were removed from this earth, the entire planet as well as every species in it would benefit. But if you removed bees or ants, whole ecosystems would crumble. Who are we to say that human lives are more important than animals’? We have the moral capacity to understand that killing is wrong, and we have plenty of other food options too, as you said. I don’t care how kindly the animal was raised and killed. If an animal unnecessarily died for someone’s dinner, it was not humane.
        If you were interested, this was the interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYP1GGdRMYo

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      • Eleanor says:

        I just watched the interview and he made some very interesting points that are very true! I agree completely with what he said. If people want meat, there are meat replacements that taste the exact same but there is no cruelty in them. If they want milk, there is soya milk, almond milk, hazelnut milk, coconut milk, rice milk, hemp milk, etc. If they want butter, there is soya butter, nut butter, peanut butter, apple butter, etc. There are materials that look like leather, but aren’t, as well as other materials. Plants are natural and more healthy, so really, there is absolutely no need for the cruelty and torture that happens constantly – even if it’s not seen as torture by many people. And I agree with your last point too. It’s murder – people can try to justify it, to make it seem okay, but it’s not – it’s murder and the world will be a cruel place until it stops.

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  3. Humans can’t even effectively measure their own intelligence, yet animals are assumed to automatically less intelligent (probably makes the people who eat them sleep better). If you left me out in the wild to survive I’d be dead in a couple of days, so in that respect most animals are waaay cleverer than me. It’d be a different story if they could talk!x

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    • You are definitely right! Animals have different physical and mental capabilities from humans, but they are equally intelligent in their own ways. It is saddening when people are surprised by animals’ levels of intelligence or emotion.

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      • My friend has a pet pig called Peaches. She’s not a micro pig, but a huge black and pink, hairy thing that lives in field, and people are surprised that she obeys commands. She ‘sits’ for her food and loves scratches just like a dog. The same friend also has a sheep called Eavie who won’t learn because she’s too headstrong. We couldn’t imagine eating either!x

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      • Aww! That’s adorable! Most people have never met a pig or cow or chicken, so they don’t understand that they are intelligent and personable, just like any dog or cat.

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