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Like all #mammals , #cows must give birth in order to make #milk . Like #human mothers, they carry their babies for nine months, then begin to lactate for the sole purpose of nourishing their young.
Due to extensive genetic manipulation, today’s #dairy cows produce up to 12 times more milk than they would naturally produce to feed a calf.
Even so, virtually all dairy calves are stolen from their mothers within hours of birth in order to maximize profit. 97% of newborn dairy calves are forcibly removed from their mothers within the first 12 hours. The rest are removed in a matter of days. On so-called humane dairy farms, cows are often taken within the first hour of birth as separation of mother and calf is considered less stressful when they have not been allowed to bond
To keep them lactating at maximum yields, cows are artificially and forcibly inseminated year after year. The constant cycle of forced pregnancy and birth creates a huge surplus of calves.
Some female calves will join the milking herd. They typically spend the first 2 to 3 months of life confined in lonely hutches, fed a diet of milk replacer while humans drink the milk intended for them.
Whether on factory farms, “family” farms, or small, humane certified farms, male calves and surplus females are sold to be slaughtered for #veal or cheap #beef . The veal industry would not exist without the dairy industry. The following “high welfare” slaughter of “humanely raised, pastured” dairy calves was openly filmed for public television.
Trapped in a cycle of forced impregnation, perpetual lactation and near constant confinement, dairy cows’ overworked bodies begin producing less milk at 4 to 5 years of age, at which point they are slaughtered. In natural conditions, cows can live 20 to 25 years.
Of the 9 million dairy cows in the U.S., 3 million are slaughtered each year at only a fraction of their natural lifespan. Their worn out bodies become ground beef and #restaurant#hamburger
We all have beating hearts, and a heart is forcibly stopped for your consumption.
Join the dots, make the connection. Compassion is 'religion'. #cheese#babyanimals#influence
The mother of martyr Mohamed Hattab during the funeral of her son who was shot dead by Israeli occupation forces last night
والدة الشهيد محمد الحطاب 17 عاما خلال تشييع جثمانه في مخيم الجلزون شمال رام الله
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