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A humane butcher demonstration.

​​Regardless of whether a farm is conventional
​or organic:
•  Milk production requires annual, 9-month pregnancies for all dairy cows by artificial insemination. They are forced to produce milk over 300 days a year,[1] even when pregnant.

• To increase milk production cows are given hormones, such as recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH), a form of estrogen (estradiol), and combinations of other hormones.[2]
• Cows now produce 10-12 times more milk than they naturally would, due to genetic manipulation and hormones,[3] leading to great physical stress. 

• Bulls (male cows) are forced to produce semen by mechanical methods or electroejaculation (low-voltage pulses of current to the pelvic nerves), a completely unnatural and often stressful process for the bulls.[4]
• Pushed to extremes, all dairy cows are slaughtered between 4—7 years old, after their milk production declines; cows could naturally live 20—25 years. Some cows become so weakened ​from exploitation that they cannot walk and are referred to as ‘downed cows.’[5]

•  All calves are taken away from their mothers shortly after birth, so that only humans will get their mother’s milk. Male calves are treated as disposable by-products; calves not killed after birth are raised for veal. Isolated and chained in small confined quarters, veal calves are almost always intentionally malnourished (fed a low-iron diet) so their ​flesh is pale.[6]  

Would you join a "humane" butcher table?

We asked people to participate - with stuffed animals - in standard industry practices for "humane meat." You'll be shocked by how they responded.

Posted by Direct Action Everywhere on Tuesday, February 2, 2016

All dairy calves are taken from their mothers, usually 24-48 hours after birth.They are born so their mothers will produce milk. Male calves are either killed quckly for cheap meat, called "bobby,' or raised for veal Veal calves are isolated in hutches, malnourished (low iron diet) so their flesh is pale. Alone, with no socialization, these lonely babies suffer for ​a few months before being slaughtered.

“The day may come when the rest of animal creation may acquire those rights which never could have been withheld from them but by the hand of tyranny. 
​The question is not, 'Can they reason?'
  nor 'Can they talk?' but, 'Can they suffer?' ”
 
― Jeremy Bentham, 
The Principles of Morals and Legislation

Varieties of plant-based milks and all dairy products are available in stores throughout the world.

Dairy cows have been bred and manipulated to produce
10 times or more the amount of milk they would naturally
​produce. They are hooked up to machines 2-3 times a day.

Bob Barker narrates a new Mercy For Animals hidden-camera investigation into one of the nation's [U.S.] top veal producer.

We should not turn away from the violence and suffering done on our behalf, imposed upon those at our mercy.

ANIMAL INDUSTRIES

DAIRY: Milked for Market

Got milk?
​She no longer does. People took all of her milk, all of her babies, then took her life. 

Female cows are no longer needed after milk production declines. They are slaughtered for cheap meat / fast food.

References
[1] Kurlansky, M. (2014). Inside the Milk Machine. Modern Farmer: http://modernfarmer.com/ 2014/03/real-talk-milk

​[2] Stores, Carina. (2011, Jan. 31). Hormones in Food: Should You Worry? www.huffingtonpost.com/ 2011/01/31/hormones-in-food-should-y_n_815385.html

​[3] The Myth of Happy Dairy Cows. http://humanefacts.org/dairy/

[4] Semen Collection. Colorado State University (USA). http://www.vivo.colostate.edu/hbooks/pathphys/reprod/semeneval/collection.html
[5] Murray, M. The Big Business of Dairy Farming.  http://advocacy. britannica.com/ blog/advocacy/2007/06/dairy-farming
[6] The Welfare of Animals in the Veal Industry. (2012). Humane Society of North America. www.humanesociety.org/assets/pdfs/ farm/hsus-the-welfare-of-animals-in-the-veal-industry.pdf

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