21,000,000 dairy calves are slaughtered for #veal or cheap #beef every year globally. 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 #groundbeef and #restaurant#hamburgers .
Like all mammals, cows must give birth in order to make #milk . Like human mothers, they carry their babies for 9months, then begin to lactate for the sole purpose of nourishing their young. Due to extensive biological manipulation, today’s dairy cows produce up to 12x's more milk than they would naturally produce to feed a #calf .
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 24 hours. The rest are removed in a matter of days. On so-called #humane#dairyfarms , 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 repeatedly and forcibly impregnated year after year. The constant cycle of forced #pregnancy and birth creates a huge surplus of calves. Most slaughtered before they reach 2 months old.
Whether on #factoryfarms , “family” farms, or small, #humanecertified farms, #male calves and surplus females are sold to be slaughtered for veal or cheap beef.
Over 90% of U.S. dairy cows are confined in primarily indoor operations, with more than 60% tethered by the neck inside barren stalls, unable to perform the most basic behaviors essential to their well-being Trapped in a cycle of forced impregnation, perpetual lactation and near constant confinement, most dairy cows’ overworked bodies begin producing less milk at around 4-5 years of age, at which point they are slaughtered. Natural lifespan 20-25 years. (📸 @andrewskowron ) #govegan#dairyfree#icecream#cheese#bull#stopanimalcruelty#meatfree#crueltyfree#vegantoronto