The truth behind dairy

Cows, like any other mammal, produce milk for only one purpose and that is to feed their young. Yes, you read correctly. They do not lactate for humans, they lactate because their sweet little calf needs his/her mother’s fatty, nutritious milk to grow big and strong.

We are the only animal on this planet that still drinks milk in adulthood and it’s funny also because we drink another species milk and we’ll take that same milk and make products such as cheese and ice cream with it, but when it comes to human breast milk, people usually cringe with disgust. Why? A cow isn’t your mom, your mom is your mom. If you want milk so badly, go get some from your mother’s body. Oh, I’m sorry. Does the thought of you suckling on your mother’s nipples at the age of 21, or harvesting her milk with the use of pumps and then making human milk cheese make you want to throw up? Well let me tell you this little thing, not your mom, not your milk.

I’ll begin with the horrors of the dairy industry first. Long story short, you’ve been lied to all these years. This industry relies heavily on advertising and falsehood to sell their products. You probably grew up being told that cow milk gives you strong bones, it doesn’t. The type of animal protein that is in this milk depletes the human body of calcium, therefore making your bones weaker. Not only that, but we hardly absorb any calcium from this milk.Many companies have to actually add calcium into the milk to make it “good for your bones.”

“Consumption of dairy products, particularly at age 20 years, was associated with an increased risk of hip fracture in old age. (“Case-Control Study of Risk Factors for Hip Fractures in the Elderly”. American Journal of Epidemiology. Vol. 139, No. 5, 1994).

There was a Harvard Nurses’ health study that concluded that women who ate more dairy broke more bones than women who rarely did. This was a twelve year study and this is what the author of the study wrote:

“These data do not support the hypothesis that higher consumption of milk or other food sources of calcium by adult women protects against hip or forearm fractures.” (Source: Feskanich D, Willett WC, Stampfer MJ, Colditz GA. Milk, dietary calcium, and bone fractures in women: a 12-year prospective study. American Journal of Public Health. 1997).

Milk has also directly been linked to these:

  • breast cancer
  • diabetes (both diabetes mellitus and juvenile diabetes)
  • kidney stones
  • acne
  • heart disease
  • osteoporosis
  • multiple sclerosis
  • stroke
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • etc

“The countries with the highest rates of osteoporosis are the ones where people drink the most milk and have the most calcium in their diets. The connection between calcium consumption and bone health is actually very weak, and the connection between dairy consumption and bone health is almost nonexistent.”- Amy Lanou Ph.D (director for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington, D.C)

And how does milk and breast cancer fit together? Well, it’s quite known that dairy cows are given antibiotics and hormones to “make the milk safer” and to increase the milk production. This milk production hormone is rBGH (recombinant bovine growth hormone) and cows that have been treated with rBGH produce a lot more IGF1 (insulin-like growth factor 1). IGF1 has ” a pathogenic role in cancer.” Increased levels of IGF has been shown by studies to increase the growth of cancer cells in the human body.

“Drinking rBGH milk would thus be expected to significantly increase IGF-1 blood levels and consequently to increase risks of developing breast cancer and promoting its invasiveness.”- Samuel Epstein, MD, professor of Environmental Medicine at University of Illinois School of Public Health and Chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition

Horrifying, right? What’s more horrifying is that the dairy industry will pay to have other studies “cover this up.” All they want is your money. They don’t give a rats ass about you, your health, or the cows themselves. Not only do they lie about above shit, but they often use silly propaganda that makes you believe that cows are happy and that milk is gained in a cruelty free manner…

Now onto the cruelty aspect of it all!

Contrary to the popular belief, dairy factories are not pretty little pastors where the cows run around freely, where the cows choose when they want to mate, who they want to mate with, and where mommy cows get to take care of their babies. The unfortunate truth is that cows are chained up in dark buildings, beaten, and are raped.

For a cow to produce milk, she first has to get pregnant. This industry has no time to wait for nature to take it’s course, so instead they barbarically and artificially impregnate her. 

"All forms of dairy farming involve forcibly impregnating cows. This involves a person inserting his arm far into the cow’s rectum in order to position the uterus, and then forcing an instrument into her vagina. The restraining apparatus used is commonly called a ‘rape rack.’" - humanmyth.org

They have to GRAB the uterus to position it. Ladies, how would you feel if someone shoved their hand into you and grab your uterus? That would hurt. A lot.

Once the cow is pregnant, she will give birth nine months later just like human mommies. But instead of taking care of her young and raising it, the calf is taken away at birth to a month. If it is a female, she’ll suffer the same fate as her mom. Males are raise for meat or are taken for veal.

Mother cows have great maternal instincts and will cry out to her young. They will show signs of distress and depression.

"A mother and her baby say goodbye as the calf is shipped off to a slaughterhouse for veal."

Mommy cows love their babies.

Look at

this.

To keep up with the demand of milk, cows need to be impregnated EVERY YEAR and remember, they’re pregnant for nine months. That is such a physically toll on the cow. Once she can not produce enough milk (when her body has had enough), she herself is sent to slaughter…

This is how they are kept. This is their conditions while in the factories. This is why people should go vegan.

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