Is Dairy Cruel, what you did not know about Cheese

Mark Gordon BrownStarred Page By Mark Gordon Brown, 21st Aug 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3n40ceq7/
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This is written in response to a comment by a person who said that at least milk and cheese are not cruel because no animals die. You would be surprised at just how cruel the dairy industry is, and how animals are killed for cheese and milk.

How do we Get Milk

Cows produce milk only after having a calf. Humans want most of that milk for themselves so in most dairy operations the calf is taken from its mother and put into a tiny calf shed (a room or freestanding structure smaller than your bathroom).

Without the calf taking the milk, humans collect as much as they want for themselves, giving the calf some, or feeding it a powdered formula.

What is Next?

The calf is basically a by-product of the dairy industry. It is often slaughtered either at a few days of age or a few weeks to become veal.

Additionally an acid in the calf's stomach is collected, this is called Rennet, and is used to make cheese. There are other sources of rennet but the stuff from the calf's stomach is the traditional source and still used in many cheeses today.

But the Cow has a Good Life Right?

The cows used in the dairy industry do not always have a good life.

On many dairy farms the cows are kept in a barn for months, never allowed outside except for a few weeks at the end of milking season. If they were let outside eating the different diet would change the taste of the milk.

The cows in some countries are pumped up with hormones to produce more milk (this is legal in the USA, not in Canada). This is because with growing populations the demand for milk is higher than ever, and growing populations have caused farm land to shrink, forcing farmers to "cheat" and find ways to make more milk, from fewer cows.

Dairy cows are not kept to a ripe old age, they are usually slaughtered after their third or fourth calf, when their milk production does down.

The pictures were taken by me at the D Dutchman Dairy, a tourist attraction.

Further Reading on Milk and Dairy

Nutritional Differences between Cow's Milk and Soy Milk

Nutritional Differences between Cow's Milk and Goat's Milk

Facts about Goat's Milk

If you want to drink cow's milk, or eat cheese, please feel free to do so (I do) but please do not consider them to be "cruelty free", as they are not.

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Calf, Cheese, Cow, Cows, Cruel, Cruelty, Dairy, Milk, Produce, Rennet, Stomach, Veal

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Raised in Michigan, I have a son who recently joined the Military. I am living in Canada with my wife where we have a hobby farm.

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author avatar johnnydod
21st Aug 2012 (#)

I hope a lot of people read this very important fact, well said Mark, needless to say I back every word you say.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
22nd Aug 2012 (#)

I think you are saying this because I still use dairy products but I have seen and written about the cruelty to animals in those fkin pens outside San Francisco and I hate that. I always think of the green pastures in England where animals, cows, sheep and goats are allowed to roam freely. I cant help it if USA has so many macdonalds and such like that they do such cruelty to animals...so that is what I have to say Mark in response.....

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
22nd Aug 2012 (#)

I do still enjoy milk and butter and cheeses but no-one has to die to get them.

That is what I wrote that you commented on. There is a difference between dying and being treated badly...or do you not know this....

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
22nd Aug 2012 (#)

I wrote this to point out how calves are killed to get milk and rennet which is used to make cheese. As you should also note I did mention I drink dairy.
Yes feedlots are horrid too.

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author avatar chrysolite
22nd Aug 2012 (#)

You are absolutely right, Mark, the whole milk and cheese industry is just about the most cruel thing we could do to animals. But if man wasn't so greedy, there are different ways, one of which I explored. I bought a milk goat and when she had a kid, I left the kid with the goat mum and milked just enough for myself and left enough of the kid. That milk was plenty and I could make cheese from it with Veggieren which is available in the UK in health food shops.

Admittedly, if the goat kid is a male, then it would have to be sold for slaughter at 3 to 6 months old.

Unfortunately I'm not allowed to keep a cow, but I know of the Hare Krishna people near London, who run an absolute 100% cruelty free program (books are available) and no calf or cow or steer ever gets killed.

Ahhh, come to think about it, the young steers get castrated.

So going full circle thinking about your article: You are right, cruelty free dairy is not possible, but one could at least treat the animals a lot better if humans weren't so greedy.

My personal way out: I live mostly on fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds with the occasional (!) piece of meat or hard cheese of organic origin.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
22nd Aug 2012 (#)

We cannot try to justify the cruelty we impose on living creatures to feed ourselves. I am ashamed to belong to the human race. We are greedy, cruel and uncaring. Maybe there is a special place after death for the slaughters and those who have "pigged themselves out" at the expense of our fellow creatures. I hope they find themselves where they themselves will be slaughtered and eaten.
Thank you, Mark Gordon.

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author avatar chrysolite
23rd Aug 2012 (#)

Yes, Ivyevelyn, although we often don't see it happening immediately, but it's a fact that everything we dish out will come back to us thousandfold - good or bad!

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author avatar Judy Ellen
29th Aug 2012 (#)

Wow!! How sad and gruesome is this?? I do not include much dairy at all in my diet because it is fattening and has too much cholesterol. I just wish there was a better way for the consumer to get their dairy!!

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author avatar Delicia Powers
31st Aug 2012 (#)

thanks for this informative page Mark..

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author avatar krrymarie
2nd Oct 2012 (#)

I have stopped eating dairy products. Our cows here are treated better i think but we do slaughter male calf's when they are born as they are worth nothing. There is a meat what you can get from a baby male calf but forgotten what it is called but there is not much call for it over here. good article

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
2nd Oct 2012 (#)

yes that is called veal.

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author avatar krrymarie
3rd Oct 2012 (#)

Thanks Mark I knew it was something like that but for some reason wanted to put venison haha! Well it starts with the same letter hehe. Farmers don't use it here cos the calf has to grow up in a dark place. so they slaughter them. Jimmy Doherty done a programme about veal and was trying to get Tesco to sell it. I haven't looked to see if they do or not.

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author avatar Chris
3rd Dec 2012 (#)

This whole article is bull. (No pun intended).
I encourage all readers to travel out to the country and visit a dairy farm. Because where i come from, nothing like this goes on. It samazing how city folk think that country folk are crazy animal killers. We're all human, we all grew up loving pets, we dont like killing animals. Pull your heads in fools.

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