Here's Why Dairy Production Is Inherently Cruel

Whenever we post undercover videos taken inside dairy factory farms, we receive comments from people claiming the dairy they consume doesn’t come from such horrible places. But let’s get real: All dairy production is cruel. Why? Keep reading.

While it may seem obvious, many people don’t consider that cows must be pregnant or have just given birth to produce milk. The baby calf is conceived through artificial insemination, a highly invasive and stressful procedure.

After carrying their babies for nine months—just like humans—mother cows give birth. Newborn calves are typically taken away from their mothers within just hours of birth. Yes, this incredibly cruel practice happens even at your organic, “happy” dairy farm. So don’t even go there.

Understandably, this forced separation from their calves causes the mothers to bellow for hours or days; they even pace and search in vain for their stolen babies. Again, this heartbreak happens on every dairy farm.

Case in point: In 2013, locals in Newbury, Massachusetts, called the police because of crying they heard from a nearby dairy farm. Upon investigation, authorities discovered the cries had come from mourning mothers whose newborns had been ripped away from them.

Science has proven the mother-child bond is not exclusive to humans. Imagine the anguish and stress mother cows endure—giving birth over and over again only to have their babies torn away.

Male calves are killed for veal, and females are raised to produce more milk. The cycle of abuse for females lasts about five years until they are considered “spent” and sent to slaughter.

Tragic, right? Watch.


There’s no way around it: Dairy is and always will be cruel.

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