Why Milk is Not Always Vegetarian
Animal protection group Mercy for Animals sent an undercover investigator into a dairy farm in Ohio, USA to video abuse. This is what they witnessed.
Milk is not “Vegan”, a lifestyle which seeks to avoid causing as much animal exploitation and suffering as possible. In truth, milk is not even always Vegetarian as it is derived from agro-industrial processes within which such abuses are widespread. For example, up to 80% of the beef produced in some Western nations is a by-product of the dairy industry.
The undercover footage shows workers beating cows in the face with crowbars, stabbing them with pitchforks, breaking their tails and punching, throwing and kicking calves while bragging and gloating about the abuse.
Another animal welfare group called Farm Sanctuary has offered to provide rehabilitation and lifelong refuge to any animals that have been taken into protective custody.
In the commercial production of milk, animal slaughter is inevitable. Calves and male animals must die in order that milk be made available for human beings at “economical” prices. Mother cows, who are kept artificially pregnant, are then also prematurely killed after their production rates drop. Heat stress makes much of Japan unsuitable for milk production and keeping dairy cattle.
Chronic milk surplus have occured in Japan, because of the rigidity of prefectural guaranteed price structures and increasing production outstripping stagnant or dropping demands. These have also played a part in the killings. Farmers often attempt to avoid punishing fines for over-production by making other “vegetarian” dairy products like cheese however, in recent years, 1,000s of healthy cows have been killed … purely because they were not financially viable.