1. She won’t have a name or an identity.
She’ll be treated as nothing more than a baby- and milk-making machine.
2. She’ll probably spend most of her life standing on a concrete floor or in a crowded feedlot.
She’ll even be forced to stand or sit amid her own feces.
3. She may be given antibiotics and hormones.
The drugs will make her produce about four and a half times more milk than she ever would naturally—and she’ll likely develop mastitis, meaning that her mammary glands will become sore and inflamed.
4. Her reproductive system will be exploited.
To keep the milk flowing, she will be artificially inseminated over … and over … and over again.
5. After she gives birth, her baby will be taken away from her.
This happens just a day after calves are born so that humans can steal the milk that’s meant for them.
6. She will cry out for her calf, but it’s too late.
She’ll never see her baby again. Soon, she’ll be re-inseminated, and the cycle will continue.
7. If her calf is female, she will be sentenced to the same fate as her mother.
Her horns will be burned or cut off, and she likely won’t be provided with any relief for the pain and will feel everything that’s happening to her.
Her natural life expectancy is 20 years, but there’s nothing natural about the hell she has to endure. When her body wears out from constantly being pregnant, her life will come to a painful, terrifying end at only 4 or 5 years old.
8. If her calf is male, he’ll spend the rest of his short life confined.
He’ll spend most days frightened, alone, and desperate for his mother.
He’ll be forced to live in a small crate designed to stop normal muscle growth. After a few miserable months of solitary confinement, he will be loaded onto a truck bound for the slaughterhouse—even though he can barely walk because of sickness and muscle atrophy—and killed for veal.
What You Can Do
More than 9 million cows suffer in the U.S. dairy industry on any given day. The good news? Ditching dairy foods is easier than ever. Most major grocery store chains, including Target and Walmart, carry dairy-free milks, cheeses, and yogurts—and even ice cream! There are also tons of vegan options at places like Starbucks, Chipotle, and Taco Bell.
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