Dylan's Research on the Dairy Industry
SHYC member Dylan spent a month going Vegan and has now decided to stay Vegetarian. Here is the research he completed on the dairy industry that encouraged him to undertake this challenge.
In order to keep producing milk for humans, dairy cows have to become pregnant and have calves. Calves are generally taken away from their mothers within 24 hours of birth. Both usually cry out for each other as they are separated. The mother has to endure this happening 4 or 5 times before she is considered ‘spent’.
As a result of unnaturally high milk yields, over a third of British dairy cows suffer from mastitis, a painful udder infection. Meanwhile, many suffer lameness due to their unnatural surroundings. They are generally kept indoors for at least half of the year.
The life expectancy of a dairy cow is less than a quarter of its natural lifespan; dairy cows are considered spent between 7 -8 years at which age they are slaughtered. If allowed to exist free of exploitation and slaughter, however, dairy cows can live 25 years or more.
Farms exist for profit, not to make sure the wants and needs of cattle are met. Even when welfare standards are higher than normal, cows and calves still have to endure eventual separation, are used and not respected, and they all die long before their time. Veganism is about not abusing animals, who all have a right to life and freedom. These animals cannot consent to be raised for milk and meat.
Dylan believes that whatever conditions we keep them in, farming them is always an abuse of power.
Here is a video that Dylan watched that encouraged him to go Vegan.