Thursday, 19 September 2013

Vegan MoFo – September 19th – Vegan Mythbusters

Cows need to be milked.

 

This seems to be quite a common misconception. I’ve even seen people who seem to believe that if you don’t milk a cow, it will explode…

 

Cows only produce milk when they have a calf. They produce enough milk to sustain their calf, just like any other animal. However, dairy cows have their calves taken away within the first couple of days after birth – leaving the milk for humans to take. And because humans keep milking them, the cows keep producing milk because their body would keep producing it while the calf needed it. They are impregnated every year to continue the cycle. Imagine being impregnated against your will, having your baby taken away and then being milked dry – not a nice picture.

 

Young calves are either taken away to be grown into dairy cows or slaughtered for veal. (Veal is a whole other disgusting process that I won’t go into here!) Most males are used for veal, as they are not needed in the dairy industry.


So you see, cows don't need to be milked - their babies do it for them naturally when left alone. Soya beans and almonds on the other hand, if you didn't milk them there would be trouble!

 

Here are some cow facts to brighten up your day (courtesy of Vegan Peace -http://veganpeace.com/animal_facts/Cows.htm ):

 

- Cows can live 25 years. You can guess the age of a cow that has horns by counting the number of rings on the horn.

-The smallest type of cow is a breed called Dexter, which was bred a small size for household living.

- Per day, a cow spends 6 hours eating and 8 hours chewing cud.

- Cows have almost total 360 degree panoramic vision and are able to see colours, except red.

- A cow stands up and sits down about 14 times a day.

- In non-commercial herds, some cows will nurse their calves for up to 3 years.

- Cows are very social animals. They form large herds and will bond to some herd members while avoiding others. They "moo" and use different body positions and facial expressions to communicate with each other.



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