Unless you’ve been living under a rock recently, you’ve probably heard about the discovery of mad cow disease in a cow from a California dairy farm. On that note, peta2 gives you the top 10 reasons why cows are so darn mad:
1. How Many Kids and Counting?
Unless you’re Michelle Duggar, you probably have no desire to crank out one baby after another, right? Neither do cows used for their milk, but they’re continuously impregnated in order to keep the milk constantly flowing.
2. Crying Over Stolen Milk
Mother cows know the meaning of “mother’s love,” too, and they often wail, sometimes for days, when their babies are taken away so that people can steal the milk that nature intended for their calves.
3. A Scene Out of a Saw Movie
Farmers use one of several “Jigsaw”-inspired instruments—such as guillotine dehorners, caustic chemicals, searing-hot irons, and saws—to remove cows’ horns and calves’ sensitive horn tissue.
4. Castration Without So Much as an Aspirin
Guys, you wouldn’t like it. Male calves don’t either.
5. Baby Bullies
Veal is supposedly “tender” flesh, but there is nothing tender about how it’s produced. Male calves, who are useless to the dairy industry because they don’t produce milk, are often forced to live alone in tiny stalls and are fed an insufficient diet so that their flesh stays pale and tender
6. A Bunch of Bull Crap
Forcing cows to stand ankle-deep in feces on filthy lots is … well, you know the appropriate word.
7. Debbie Downer
Downed cows—those who are too sick or injured to stand up—are no longer allowed into the food supply, but what happens to them is a serious downer. They are sometimes simply left to die from their illness or injuries or from dehydration.
8. There’s no D.A.R.E. Program for Cows
Farmers genetically manipulate and sometimes drug cows in order to force them to produce up to four and a half times as much milk as they naturally would for their calves.
9. The Road Trip From Hell
Anyone who has ever been crammed shoulder to shoulder in a coupe for an extended road trip knows how miserable it is, and that’s even with bathroom breaks, food, water, and temperature controls. And while the trip may end at an annoying relative’s house, at least it doesn’t end at the slaughterhouse.
10. This Is the Thanks They Get
After years of birthin’ babies and pumping out thousands of gallons of milk, do cows used for their milk get a comfy retirement? Heck, no! They get sent to slaughter, where, in the words of one slaughterhouse worker, they “die piece by piece.”
Don’t get mad—get vegan! It’s simple: Go vegan and make for fewer mad cows in the world!