Actor Emily Deschanel
may be best known as the star of FOX's beloved hit crime drama Bones, but
off screen, she is a fierce defender of animals, a devout vegan, and a compassionate
mother. In her brand-new exposé for PETA, Emily gives a behind-the-scenes
look at the cruel dairy industry, in which mother cows are robbed of the
opportunity to love and nurture their babies as their calves are violently
torn away from them shortly after birth. Emily challenges all moms to consider
how heartbreaking it would be to have your baby stolen and sold into a life
of pain and suffering.
milk for the same reason that humans do: to nourish their young. But the
millions of cows who live on U.S. dairy farms are forced into a vicious
cycle of continuous pregnancy—often through artificial insemination—so
that they will produce milk for human consumption. Male calves end up in
veal crates?a fate characterized by confinement, darkness, malnutrition,
and slaughter. Female calves meet the same merciless fate as their mothers—they
are hooked up to milking machines, genetically manipulated, and often drugged
in order to force them to produce about four and a half times as much milk
as they naturally would.
In addition to
the dairy industry being unspeakably cruel, dairy products have been linked
to some of our nation's biggest health ailments, including heart disease,
diabetes, cancer, asthma, allergies, obesity, and more.
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USED FOR THEIR MILK
milk for the same reason that humans do: to nourish their young. In order
to force the animals to continue giving milk, factory farm operators typically
impregnate them using artificial insemination every year. Calves are generally
taken from their mothers within a day of being born—males are destined
for veal crates or barren lots where they will be fattened for beef, and
females are sentenced to the same fate as their mothers.
After their calves
are taken away from them, mother cows are hooked up, several times a day,
to milking machines. These cows are genetically manipulated, artificially
inseminated, and often drugged to force them to produce about four and a
half times as much milk as they naturally would to feed their calves.
Animals are often
dosed with bovine growth hormone (BGH), which contributes to a painful inflammation
of the udder known as "mastitis." (BGH is used widely in the U.S.
but has been banned in Europe and Canada because of concerns over human
health and animal welfare.) According to the industry's own figures, between
30 and 50 percent of dairy cows suffer from mastitis, an extremely painful
A cow's natural
lifespan is about 25 years, but cows used by the dairy industry are killed
after only four or five years. An industry study reports that by the time
they are killed, nearly 40 percent of dairy cows are lame because of the
intensive confinement, the filth, and the strain of being almost constantly
pregnant and giving milk. Dairy cows' bodies are turned into soup, companion
animal food, or low-grade hamburger meat because their bodies are too "spent"
to be used for anything else.
of the dairy industry—are generally taken from their mothers when
they are less than 1 day old. Many are shipped off to barren, filthy feedlots
to await slaughter. Others are kept in dark, tiny crates where they are
kept almost completely immobilized so that their flesh stays tender. In
order to make their flesh white, the calves are fed a liquid diet that is
low in iron and has little nutritive value. This heinous treatment makes
the calves ill, and they frequently suffer from anemia, diarrhea, and pneumonia.
and alone, these calves are killed after only a few months of life so that
their flesh can be sold as veal. All adult and baby cows, whether raised
for their flesh or their milk, are eventually shipped to a slaughterhouse
The good news
is that removing dairy products from your diet is easier than ever. Today
there is a multitude of nondairy "dairy" products on the market,
such as soy, rice, and almond milk and soy ice cream. Check out a list of
our favorite dairy and meat alternatives.