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PETA at the World Dairy Expo

Written by PETA | September 30, 2009

Yesterday was a big day for the dairy industry. People across the nation were getting their first peek into what dairy farming actually looks like as media outlets covered PETA’s recent, revealing undercover investigation into the putrid living conditions and the abusive treatment of cows on one Land O’Lakes supplier’s factory farm. At the same time, PETA was dropping in on the first day of the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin.


World Dairy Expo


A couple of passionate ladies were on hand at the Expo to let attendees and passersby know that the dairy industry is dreadful for cows and disgusting for humans. Our undercover investigation revealed that cows at milking stations were caked in feces and urine. It also showed that many of these gentle animals had untreated abscesses that sometimes burst and oozed pus as cows were being milked.

After hearing stories like these, people in Madison were quick to take home copies of our “Vegetarian Starter Kit.” Why don’t you do the same?

Written by Shawna Flavell

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  • chris says:

    To Antoine you like so many others seem to be mistaken and think that mammals and cows need to be pregnant to produce milk. That is wrong. Mammals produce milk after they give birth not only when they are pregnant. Also animals in nature such as cows or their close relatives like buffalo or deer perhaps reproduce every year some animals reproduce 2 or 3 times every year for wild buffalo and deer that is a 365 day cycle roughly. That means that they are pregnant most of their lives and most of the year. Cows on dairy farms reproduce every 400 days give or take a few which is an even longer interval than in the wild! I can assure you that my cows are cared for groomed kept clean and comfortable. Our motto is “every cow is a mother and needs to be treated like one.” Our cows lactate for some time of the year then they are “dried off” no longer lactating for about 3 months yes they get a 3 month holiday every year and then they give birth on a 400 day cycle and lactate once again. Hopefully some of the misconceptions of the dairy industry are cleared up.

  • Brandon Becker says:

    Thank you PETA for standing up to the cruel cowmilk industry. Humans forciblyimpregnate female cows to produce milk for humans to steal. Newborn male calves are ripped away from distraught mothers to be sold and slaughtered for “veal.” Female calves born to mother cows exist in the same cycle of pregnancy and despair. When they no longer produce an economicallyviable level of milk all cows are sent to their early deaths in the slaughterhouse. For the sake of the victims don’t drink cow milk and support abolition of this exploitation.

  • Milk Man Dan says:

    Awesome! The World Dairy Expo was a lot of fun and very interesting. Good dairy products comes from happy and healthy cows! Thanks Peta for making the industry keep the well being of our bovines in mindkeep up the good work!

  • Tom says:

    what do males do to substitute dairy since there is increasing evidence that soy decreases male hormone? What do you substitute then?

  • Myrna says:

    I am very happy with PETA’s success….you guys rock!!! I support you guys 100 and many farm animals wild animals along with domestic and those not mentioned DO NOT STAND ALONE!!! THE WAR IS ON!!!

  • Sumiko Kanda says:

    PETA is just like sweet Angel to innocent defenseless millions of animals who were born in wrong time and wrong places. What I like about PETA is power to saveprotect animals in large scale. God bless courageous PETA!

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    I am of the belief that no one over the age of five needs to be ingesting dairy. I know many children who are being raised on a vegetarian or vegan diet and they are the healthiest kids in the neighborhood. They never seem to be sick and they sure aren’t fat their weight is proportionate to their size. Two of them are the neighborhood dog walkers tending to their own and their neigbor’s dogs after school until the guardians get home.

  • Antoine says:

    Max. you neeed to learn about the egg and dairy industries. and the best way to learn is to start at the begining in this case the biology of the animal. no matter how much we objectify these animals and what they produce they are still living breathing biological beings. cows can only produce milk if they are pregnant. They produce the milk for 6 to 8 months after the calf is born and enough for the calf. In order for even small dairy operations to be able to have milk to put in the bottles or cartons they must remove the calf. CALVES DO NOT GET TO DRINK THEIR OWN MOTHER’S MILK because YOU are stealing it. And cows would not usually be CONSTANTLY pregnant which IS a life of torture…and I am not even getting into the conditions milking machines cramped stalls shit all over the place poor access to the outdopors tethering etc. hence ” milk is TORTURE to a mother cow.” Hens produce eggs to REPRODUCE and NOT for your omelet. NORMALLY if a rooster is present every egg is fertilized or most and after about 6 to 8 weeks the hen will roost on her eggs AND STOP LAYING until the eggs hatch. Then once the eggs hatch she will RAISE the babies until her next egg cycle the following season which means that she would lay between 12 and 16 eggs A YEAR. but when the rooster is removed each egg she lays is not fertilized SO she just keeps on laying and laying and laying which depletes her little body then after about 3 or 4 months she will stop her body can only take so much and enter what is called a brooding cycle. But in order to SHOCK her back into laying ALL egg producers big small “freerange” whatever us a technique called FORCEMOULTING which consists of starving the hen for two weeks so that her body is forced to start another laying cycle. And so her poor body lays eggs more than 6 times than what is was DESIGNED by nature God whatever to do. add to that the factory farms in which hens are kept in cramped confinement and go insane with fear and boredom and the fact that as soon as the egg is layed it rolls out under the cage which speeds the process up even more…and now this hen is laying almost 10 times the eggs that she should normally lay… which means that “Eggs represent the DENIAL OF FREEDOM to a beautiful hen.” and I didn’t even get into the size of the cages the fact that they are stacked together in disgusting shitfilled sheds and that hens can live up to 4 years in these horrible conditions. MAX you need to learn to THINK critically. Do your research and learn. The peta website is a good place to start…and if you want more information about anything that you see here just google it…and you’ll see we are right and we are telling the truth.

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Max It’s got nothing to do with fertilization and everything to do with battery cages.

  • Max says:

    “Eggs represent the DENIAL OF FREEDOM to a beautiful female hen.” You don’t seem to know that not all eggs are fertilized.

  • Shawna Flavell says:

    Michele If you want to hear about upcoming demos in your area please visit httpwww.peta.orgactioncenteractivistnetwork.asp to join our Activist Network.

  • carla loves soy says:

    High five Brian Peta you rock and Land o Lakes you suck!!!!!!

  • Michele says:

    Why don’t you ever post about protests before they happen? All I ever read about it after the fact. I’ll bet a lot more people would come out if you let people know what was going on.

  • Brian says:

    Brilliant!! Everyone knows meat means DEATH to a wonderful animal but milk is TORTURE to a mother cow. Eggs represent the DENIAL OF FREEDOM to a beautiful female hen. If we can survive as vegetarians we will THRIVE as vegans!

  • Arun says:

    You rock PETA!

  • Brien Comerford says:

    Cows’ milk is for calves and rice and soy milk are for humans.