Published by Liam Cronin.

The controversy over horsemeat in Europe rages on, but did you know that there are five more just as heartbreaking things in meat? Here’s our list:

1. Mothers

Cows can live up to 20 years, but cows used for their milk are killed for meat after only four or five years.

2. Fathers

More than 42 million cows suffer and die for milk and dairy products each year.

3. Friends

Cows interact in socially complex ways, developing friendships over time and sometimes holding grudges against other cows who treat them badly.

4. Babies

Male calves—“byproducts” of the dairy industry—are generally taken from their mothers when they are less than 1 day old.

5. Sensitive, Feeling Beings

Cows are as diverse as cats, dogs, and people: Some are bright, while others are slow learners. Some are bold and adventurous, while others are shy and timid. Some are friendly and considerate, while others are bossy and devious. None of them wants to die.

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