Milk companies use their commercials and advertisements to convince you that cows need to be milked, that they all live on nice farms, are cared for by their farmers, and are “happy.” The dairy industry doesn’t want you to know that cows don’t just give milk, that they only do it when they’re pregnant—for their babies, or that they sometimes live in pens or lots standing in their own waste and urine for their entire lives before being ground up for a burger.
Dairy companies don’t want you to realize that in every single glass of milk, there’s a little veal. Or that cows on dairy factory farms often get abused, or ill from infection, and die of sickness and neglect. But they do. Today, meet some of the faces behind the dairy industry.
These photos were taken at a college agriculture facility in Maryland. Some of these female calves were only 7 days old. They were kept in pens so small that they could never run or play.
Cows on factory farms are definitely not “happy.” These photos below are of cows from a PETA undercover investigation into a Land O’Lakes dairy farm in Pennsylvania, last year.