The following article
was written by Keegan Baur.
As a child, I hated almost all dairy products. I only
"drank" skim milk when it was in my cereal bowl and after I'd added
water to it. I picked the cheese off my pizza. I wouldn't even touch chocolate, which meant that my
mother, much to her delight, got all my chocolate Halloween candy. I used to
scrunch my nose and say, "This makes my throat feel slimy!"
Unfortunately, as I got older, I slowly incorporated these products into my
diet, and it wasn't until college that I began learning the awful truth about
How Are Cows on Dairy
I was shocked to learn that cows on dairy farms are repeatedly impregnated using artificial insemination. Their babies are torn
away from them at birth, with male calves destined to become veal or beef and
female calves destined to suffer the same fate as their mothers. These cows are
then genetically manipulated to produce about 10 times as much milk as they
would naturally, spending their lives constantly bloated and in pain. And cows
on organic farms can suffer even more because when the animals' udders become
infected, many farmers will not administer medicine, as that would prevent them
from labeling the cows' milk as organic. On average, cows on dairy farms live for about four or five years, whereas
under less stressful conditions, they would live for approximately 25 years!
Stress and fear plague these cows on a daily basis, and it's no wonder that at
the end of their short lives, they are completely spent and often lame.
How Does Milk Consumption
Jeopardize Human Health?
Ever hear anybody say that milk consumption is actually linked to osteoporosis? Because it is. In fact, dairy products have been linked to a long list of health problems, including osteoporosis, heart disease, some types of cancer, and many childhood
illnesses! Trust me, I was shocked too. All at once, I found out that the dairy
industry mercilessly wreaks havoc on both cows' lives and humans' bones. You
can most effectively and healthfully maintain strong bones by exercising, eating plenty of leafy green veggies, getting your daily dose of
vitamin D, limiting your salt intake, and avoiding animal protein. Talk about
convenience—what's good for you is also good for animals!
How Many Alternatives
to Milk Are There?
When I first decided to cut milk from my diet, making the
transition seemed daunting. As I mentioned, by the time I'd reached adulthood,
I loved dairy products just as much as the next person. How could I live
without milk? I thought that it would be impossible. But once I opened my mind
to the idea of change, I realized that many tasty and convenient alternatives
are available. If you're thinking
about making a change, just go to your local grocery store and check it out!
You can drink soy,
almond, rice, or hemp milk, to name a few. Many of these alternatives even come in different flavors,
such as sweetened, unsweetened, vanilla, or chocolate! There are so many
options, and it's fun to taste-test a few in order to determine which one you
As you can see, I've come full circle. My "picky" tastes
as a child were simply the result of my body telling me that the consumption of
dairy products is unnatural. I like to think that I was born to be a vegan but
just didn't know it at first. Fortunately, now I do know the truth about dairy products, and I don't want to support
the abuse of animals or jeopardize my own health, especially when there are so
many convenient alternatives available. And
why I don't drink milk.
Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.