Thursday, October 4, 2012

Veganism, For You Or Not For You ? Post-2

                               “Milk Comes from a Grieving Mother”
“After repeated cycles of forced impregnations, painful births, relentless milkings, and crushing bereavements, their spirit gives, their bodies wither, their milk dries up. At the age when, in nature, a female cow would barely enter adulthood, the life of a dairy cow is over. When her milk ‘production’ declines, she and her other ‘spent’ herd mates are trucked
off to slaughter. Some are pregnant. All are still lactating. As they are shoved towards death, they drip milk onto the killing floor. All dairy operations, including organic, exist solely by doing to millions of defenceless females the worst thing anyone can do to a mother. Dairy consumers support this practice with their purchases.”
- Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary
— with Loreli DeJac.

"The huge volume of milk yielded by today's dairy cows can leave the cow lacking enough protein for her own healthy. When this happens, the cow can suffer serious deficiency diseases like ketosis, a condition that impairs metabolism. The milk industry is well aware that by breeding high-yielding milk cows, they have created animals prone to such deficiency diseases. The protein lost to milk is jus
t one problem dairy cows suffer; another problem relates to calcium depletion. Dairy cows already lose a substantial amount of calcium by giving birth every year. This is compounded by the fact that today's cows have exceptionally high milk yields, and the constant drain of calcium can lead to milk fever. Milk fever is a life-threatening condition in cows that begins with sunken eyes and can progress to disorientation and eventually collapse. Sadly, milk fever is considered an acceptable risk in most of America's dairies. Mastitis, an inflammation of the udder, afflicts more than one in five cows. The swollen, overworked udders of today's dairy cows offer an ideal setting for infection." -Erik Marcus, Vegan: The New Ethics of Eating

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