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Five Misconceptions About Milk and the Dairy Industry

The following article was written by Liam Cronin.

Misconceptions surrounding milk and the dairy industry are rampant. Following are the five most common ones.

Misconception: All cows in the dairy industry are born without horns.

Truth: Most cows in the dairy industry are born with the capacity to grow horns, but dairy farmers get rid of them through cruel dehorning practices.

Misconception: Cows need to be milked. 

Truth: Cows are often genetically manipulated, artificially inseminated, and drugged in order to force them to produce about four and a half times as much milk as they naturally would to feed their calves.

Misconception: They don’t kill cows in the dairy industry. 

Truth: Cows can live up to 25 years, but in the dairy industry cows are typically slaughtered for low-grade beef around their fifth birthday. Most male calves are slaughtered for veal, while most female calves are doomed to the same fate as their mothers.

Misconception: Cow’s milk is the only good source of calcium.

Truth: Collard greens, kale, tofu, broccoli, and beans are great calcium sources, and fortified drinks like soy milk and orange juice pack just as much as or more calcium than the average cup of cow’s milk, with none of the cruelty.

Misconception: Buying milk supports local farmers.

Truth: The vast majority of cow’s milk comes from giant factory farms, where milk, veal, and low-grade beef production come before animal welfare. Cows can develop painful conditions like mastitis (an infection of the udder) and overgrown hooves. As many as half of all cows used for milk become lame.

You can help end this suffering right now. Go vegan today, and kick dairy products to the curb.

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  • tamara says:

    humans who earn a living like this are rotting from the inside. your demise will be worse than the animal’s that you cause.

  • tamara says:

    Nobody has an excuse to continue eating dairy. Buy Daiya cheese, pre-shredded, it melts and tastes great. Buy Silk Organic soy milk…it tastes smooth and even foams perfectly for lattes and cappuccino’s. Make your own yogurt at home with soy milk. It tastes clean, and you can add your own fruit etc.

    Nobody has an excuse anymore, nobody ;(

  • christina says:

    proud to be a vegan.

  • Sylvana says:

    How cruel can YOU people be. I can only imagine how you treat human beings. God will deal with you.

  • Tina Haydamacha says:

    Too many animals are mistreated. This is almost 2014, it’s time to put some regulations in place, and they should be subject to legal ramifications if not followed to the letter. Close them down!

  • angelina stamsky says:

    please stop that cruelty !!

  • Roberta Marchesini says:

    STOP ABUSE

  • Nina says:

    Stop this :(

  • Andrea kalb says:

    i hate it when animals must die vor all the People!!!!!!

  • lola thibodeau says:

    soya…………..right now..tank you peta

  • BERYL FURMAN says:

    THANK YOU PETA!!!!

  • Beatlemarek says:

    :(

  • Magda Palmer Cordingley says:

    Why doesn’t someone make a Vegan cooking show-a copy of My Kitchen Rules (Australia) which itself unfortunately features cooking with flesh. Until the general public learn through their stomachs heinous animal slavery will continue.

  • James Wolcott says:

    VEGAN…

  • Sonya Armenia Redfield says:

    The only thing i have from animals is cheese but i think i will stop that right now !!!!!!

  • chander kumar soni says:

    shocked.

  • 4mula1 says:

    no species past infancy drinks milk, milk is for baby cows. please also visit youtube.com/ms4mula1

  • alexa says:

    I am starting my life as a vegetarian starting today. What they do to these animals is horrible, I believe that we should take care of these poor animals that are exposed to so much cruelty, we have to speak up for them

  • Kumar says:

    Many published articles says that milk consumption is very harmful for health as cows are injected with growth hormones for increasing milk yield. It is said that drinking milk causes many diseases. Is it true ?

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