Milk and Motherhood

May 10, 2017

To the Editor:

Last week, the Washington Post published a major expose of the U.S. dairy industry, concluding that mega dairies scam consumers into paying extra for “organic” milk that isn’t. The timing, a few days before Mother’s Day, could not be more appropriate.

Dairy cows, worldwide symbols of motherhood, never get to see or nurture their babies. The newborn calves are torn from their mothers at birth and turned into veal cutlets so the dairy industry can sell their milk. The distraught mothers bellow for days, hoping in vain for their babies’ return.

Instead, they are chained on a concrete warehouse floor, milked by machines, then impregnated artificially to renew the pregnancy and keep the milk flowing. When their production drops, around four years of age, they are ground into hamburgers.

This Mother’s Day, let’s all honor motherhood and our natural compassion for animals by rejecting the dairy industry’s cruelty. Let’s replace cow’s milk and its products, laden with cholesterol, saturated fats, hormones and antibiotics. Let’s choose delicious, healthful, cruelty-free, plant-based milk, cheese and ice cream products offered at our grocery store.

Slater Pandor

Harvey Cedars



Comments (1)
Posted by: Maria McVay | May 18, 2017 13:13

Thank you for such an informative piece.  Sadly many people still believe that cow's milk is good for us because of the billions of $$ spent on advertising. Your facts are correct:  Not only are the mothers literally tortured every single day of their lives (they must be pregnant to produce milk) their babies are then killed.  Add that to the fact that dairy is horrible for humans (if you have allergies, get off dairy for a week and see how you feel) I can't understand why humans believe the hype and still drink it.  Coconut Milk, Almond Milk, Cashew Milk, delicious, healthy and cruelty free!!

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