In order to produce milk, cows must give birth – just like other mammals. In the dairy industry, calves are taken from their mothers immediately after birth, an emotionally painful experience. A mere byproduct of the industry, female calves are kept to replace spent dairy cows, while males are usually raised for veal.
Mother cows bellow for days for their missing calf before they finally give up.
Mothering instincts are incredibly strong, just like with mothers of other species, including humans. Newborn male calves sent to the slaughterhouse are seen suckling the hands of the slaughterhouse worker before their throats are slit.
Dairy cows are symbolic representatives of all of the animal mothers whose lives and reproductive systems are manipulated by humans.
'Talking Turkey' leafleting with the Vegan Family Extraordinaire- and other lovelies :) Every year millions of Canadians eat turkeys as part of their holiday celebration. Many may choose to buy an "organic" or "free-range" turkey, but those turkeys face the same issues of breeding and slaughter as any "factory farmed" turkey. Eating a turkey is a choice- and you can choose a compassionate and truly humane option by opting for an animal-free holiday meal.
She's was scared. She was filthy. She was innocent. She was just a baby. She didn't need to die. Join our friends at #liberationbc during their weekly Chicken Save Vigils in Vancouver BC. #torontochickensave#bearwitness#bevegan Photo Credit: Mary-Chris Staples/Liberation BC
Globally, we kill 65 BILLION land animals annually for their flesh, dairy, and eggs. That's more than 6 MILLION deaths PER HOUR, every single day of the year. Our friends at Liberation BC in Vancouver, BC #bearwitness during their Vancouver Chicken Vigils at Hallmark Poultry Processing slaughter facility every Friday. This precious, innocent baby was only forty-five DAYS old when he was killed. He was still peeping when his short, miserable life was brutally taken from him. He didn't have to die for you to live. #torontochickensave#animalrights#bevegan#liberationbc Photo Credit: Mary-Chris Staples/Liberation BC