Whether it’s out of concern for animals, the environment, or their health, it seems that everyone nowadays is switching to plant-based dairy alternatives.
If you haven’t yet made the switch, here are five reasons you should.
1. Cows at Dairy Farms Are Continually and Forcibly Impregnated
At many farms this is accomplished through artificial insemination, a highly invasive and stressful procedure that is repeated about every 12 months. Cows used for dairy are kept in a constant cycle of pregnancy, birth, and lactation.
2. Dairy Is Linked to Cancer
Cow's milk increases the risk of prostate cancer by 60 percent for every two glasses consumed each day, and women who switch from dairy to soy products reduce their risk of breast cancer by a shocking 43 percent. According to scientists, eating dairy products, such as yogurt, ice cream, and cheese, could increase the risk of mortality by 50 percent for women with breast cancer. It is believed that estrogen, a hormone found in full-fat milk products, which is known to encourage tumor growth, is to blame.
3. Baby Calves Are Stolen From Their Mothers
Newborn calves are typically taken away from their mothers within hours of birth. After forcible separation from their calves, cows often bellow for hours or even days, pacing and searching for them.
4. Dairy Production Is Unsustainable
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, carbon dioxide emissions from raising farmed animals make up about 15 percent of global human-induced emissions, with beef and milk production as the leading culprits. What’s more, dairy production is incredibly water-intensive. According to an article in Mother Jones, it takes 30 gallons of water to make one glass of milk, 50 gallons of water to make two slices of cheese, and a whopping 109 gallons of water to make one stick of butter.
5. Cows at Dairy Farms Are Killed After Only Four Years
While they could live up to 25 years in nature, cows used for dairy become so physically exhausted that they’re often slaughtered at only four or five years of age.
Minister Maneka Gandhi explains:
It is no secret that the slaughterhouse in Goa was made by Amul Dairy. No cow lives out her normal life span. She is milked, made sick and then killed. Even worse happens to her child. The male calves are tied up and starved to death. Or sent to the slaughterhouses. It is not by chance that a calf is no longer called bachda in India. It is called katra, which means one who is to be killed. Even Dr Kurien admits that in Mumbai every year 80,000 calves are forcibly put to death.
Luckily, consumers are able to withdraw their financial support from farmers who routinely abuse animals by adopting a healthy and humane vegan diet.
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