A cow's life length is 15-20 years. The milk cows will most likely only reach the age of five. At this age she is either slaughtered for her meat because of her body being worn out and no longer able to produce milk. Or she is sick or injured, which leads to the same destiny, slaughter. This is her life. Her only purpose is to feed us, to be a product to please humans.
Imagine only yesterday giving birth to a child, a little boy. After only 24 hours together someone takes him away from you. And the boy you gave life to will only live to be 18 months old.
This is the reality for most milk cows. After they have given birth they spent the next two to three months being milked by a machine. After the three months have passed, they get inseminated again to keep the production of milk going.
A cow’s life length is 15-20 years. The milk cows will most likely only reach the age of five. At this age she is either slaughtered for her meat because of her body being worn out and no longer able to produce milk. Or she is sick or injured, which leads to the same destiny, slaughter. This is her life. Her only purpose is to feed us, to be a product to please humans.
We have put ourselves; the humans’ needs and desires; first for so long. And look where it has taken us.
Many see the cows as products made to feed us. And I wish for nothing more than that we change our way of relating to animals. A first step: not to see them as food. Becoming vegetarian or vegan is the simplest and most important thing our generation can do for animals and our planet. Let’s not think about ourselves anymore, let’s think about nature, animals well-being and the future for our great great grand kids. What will we leave behind?
I know it might be a lot to ask. But just for a few seconds, try to see life through her eyes.
Small changes for us are life changing for her.
There are so many options to milk (like oat milk) and since I have been a happy vegetarian for almost four years I am now continuing life cutting out dairy products too. First out is a cooking class.
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