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Where has it taken us?

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by Emma Elwin on 4 November, 2015

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.

Picture from the documentary Cowspiracy.


8 Comments

Lovisa: Blir så himla glad och pepp att du tar upp detta! Särskilt aspekten djurindustrin - miljön, många vet inte att den skadar mer än de fossila utsläppen. En stor kram till dig för att du är så klok och delar med dig.
November 10, 2015

Gabriella: Vill tipsa om en mycket bra och läsvärd bok. Den heter Äta Djur av Jonathan Safran Foer. En riktigt gripande berättelse som får vem som helst att förstå sig på verkligheten! Tack för en klok blogg! Kram.
November 8, 2015

Isa: Very wise indeed,thank you Emma!
November 7, 2015

r.: yeah.... it is not only about what you'll eat.
November 7, 2015

Jenny: Being a vegan also means that you should stop buying wool and leather, and all other things that comes from animals. Otherwise you're just a plantbased eater. Being a vegan isn't just about the food, but also about the ethics behind it.
November 7, 2015

Suky: Thank you so much for this post! As a mother and vegetarian/ vegan, I totally agree.Nobody likes to see animals suffer, so we should unveil the truth about the animal industry. Vegan food is a great choice and so much easier than you think. Also, if you do it in a happy and relaxed way, you can inspire others. One step at a time.
November 4, 2015

Emma Gasparini: Your post literally made my day! I'm so glad to find people that give space to such important topics, especially in the fashion blog world! I really admire your work and your courage to support your ideas on your blog <3 thanks Emma
November 4, 2015

Andromeda: Tack Emma, du är bäst! Jag blev så glad av ditt inlägg att jag skrev ett eget blogginlägg om det här: http://veganforvandlingen.blogspot.se/2015/11/go-emma.html
November 4, 2015

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