The dairy industry does not want the cheese-eating world-wide public to know about its disposal of unwanted bobby calves.
These young, vulnerable calves suffer not only because of illegal cruelty – but crucially because they are not wanted by the commercial dairy industry.
Even when no laws are broken – these babies will have little chance at life.Around five million calves are born each year.
Some of these calves – mainly the males – will be raised for beef or veal -while some of the female calves will be retained as replacement dairy cows.
More than two million other calves will be surplus to requirements and will be killed shortly after birth.
They are essentially waste products of the dairy industry and are treated as such.
They like most calves in dairy industries the world over are removed from their mothers after birth.
Cows are pregnant for nine months and bond strongly with their babies – so this causes great distress for both the calf and the cow.
As seen in the 2015 investigation cows will follow their calves when they are taken away and become agitated when they can no longer see them.
Cows can call for their missing babies for days or weeks on end.
(ed:..that sound of the keening mothers and the calves calling back -equally distressed – is one of the most chilling sounds you will ever hear..
..and/yet this is the reality caused by the consumption of milk/cheese by so many..
..sometimes you can taste the salt from their tears..in that cheese..
.and this is one of the main reasons why i follow a diet that causes no pain/suffering to any animals..
..and it isn’t that difficult to do..eh..?..)