When you consider goat cheese, you might think of the strong-smelling crumbles that are served on a tray with other cheeses and crackers. But what you might not realize is that before the goat cheese arrived on your platter, a lot of pain went into getting it.

Here are nine reasons why you shouldn’t eat goat cheese:

1. Goats are forcibly impregnated.

Just like human women, in order for a goat to produce milk, she has to have given birth. Like cows on dairy farms, female goats must be repeatedly impregnated by force in order to produce milk. If they were humans, this would be called rape.

2. Mother goats are often beaten for their milk.

A PETA Germany investigation of a goat farm revealed that workers regularly forced terrified goats into the milking parlor by punching them or beating them with sticks.

3. Milk is stolen from babies.

Just as it is from cows on dairy farms, mother goats’ milk is stolen for human consumption, which means the kids (or goat babies), who need it, can’t drink it.

4. Newborn goats are dragged from their moms.

Organic Goat Farm Investigation

Shortly after kids are born, they are torn away from their mothers. The female babies are used by the goat milk industry and face a lifetime of forcible impregnation, followed by a painful death. The males don’t have it any easier …

5. Young male goats are slaughtered.

Just like male calves on dairy farms, who are slaughtered for veal, male kids are killed for their flesh when they are only a few months old.

6. Sick goats are left to suffer.

PETA Germany organic goat farm investigation dead goat

PETA Germany discovered that goats on a dairy farm were denied medication and proper veterinary care. Even goats with open wounds, deformed hooves, and upper respiratory conditions were completely ignored.

7. Goats on some dairy farms are starved.

PETA Germany organic goat farm investigation dead goat

Eyewitnesses observed many emaciated goats with ribs and hipbones clearly visible.

8. Dead goats are sometimes tossed aside like trash.

Goats die every day on dairy farms. Instead of having their bodies removed by a disposal company, as is required by law, workers have been known to toss the corpses behind a shed like garbage.

PETA organic goat farm investigation

Can you imagine being considered so insignificant that your body is regarded as trash?

9. “Humane” certification labels on goat milk are typically BS.

Even if you’re buying “organic,” “humanely-raised,” or “free-range” goat dairy foods, you’re probably still contributing to the animals’ pain. Those labels do nothing to protect them from horrific abuse. :/

How You Can Help

If you think it’s wrong that goats, cows, and other animals suffer in the dairy industry, consider going vegan! There are tons of delicious cruelty-free milks, cheeses, and other products out there that in no way contribute to the suffering of goats (or any animals!). Here’s just a handful:

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Think of goats the next time you get a cheese craving, and make the compassionate choice by choosing a dairy-free option. Share this story to let others know why you shouldn’t eat goat cheese!