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That glass of milk hurt more cows than necessary

Aug 15. 2018
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Re: “Let’s all just eat whatever we want”, Have Your Say, August 15

Most people talk about compassion and ethics as important considerations, yet Robin Grant claims “choosing to eat what we want” is acceptable, even if as he claims to be, fully aware of the cruelty involved in the dairy industry. 

Sadly, many people believe that “Daisy and Flo” “give” milk willingly. But in industrial factory dairy farms, cows are artificially inseminated in order to maintain continual lactation. That milk is meant for their calves, not for human consumption. 

Cows’ milk is designed to produce large animals quickly. Their milk is full of female hormones as they are milked while pregnant, and are re-inseminated three months after giving birth. 

They suffer from painful mastitis, stretched ligaments in their udders, hip dysplasia and foot problems, called “laminitis”, because of the weight of the massive amount of milk they are forced to produce. This is all common practice not rare, as you suggest, Grant. So yes, people do prefer to choose readily available and much more healthy, kinder and sustainable plant-based milk.

Diane Cornelius

South Australia

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