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The dairy industry loves to brag about its “happy cows.” They put photos of smiling cows standing in the middle of lush pastures on their products to create the illusion that the milk cows from a quaint little farm. We’re lead to believe that cows spend their days lounging on grassy meadows, wandering around and snacking. After all, their sole purpose is to provide humans with milk … so they must be more than happy to oblige!

The reality of the matter, however, is that dairy cows are treated horrifically on factory farms. The only way cows can produce milk is if they’ve recently given birth. So dairy cows are routinely impregnated via a device colloquially named a “rape rack.”Disturbed yet? It gets worse. After birth, the cow’s babies are snatched away to make sure they don’t drink any of the valuable milk, a cruel act that unsurprisingly leaves mother cows severely depressed and wailing for their babies.

Well, shockingly enough, it appears cows are not as happy as farmers would like them to be. Five to ten percent of North American dairy cows suffer from hypocalcaemia, a disease that cows are at risk of contracting immediately before and after they give birth (meaning there are many opportunities for them to get sick). This condition is associated with immunological and digestive problems, decreased pregnancy rates, longer intervals between pregnancies, and ultimately lower-calcium milk. Considering calcium is one of the main ways the dairy industry has tricked us into thinking we need milk, this poses a bit of a problem for dairy farmers. After all, if milk is void of calcium, what is the point of drinking it?

Well, don’t worry everyone, farmers have figured out a solution: inject cows with serotonin! Of course! Why have we not been doing this from the get-go?

By using serotonin, cows are happier (chemical-wise) and produce milk with higher levels of calcium in it. These serotonin injections have only been tested on two breeds of cows, Holstein and Jersey, and while there are still some details to be ironed out – such as when in the lactation cycle is best to inject the cows – it looks like this may just start to be the norm in the animal agriculture industry. Researchers are even discussing using the injections as a preventative measure for the disease.

In case it wasn’t obvious, this is yet another wildly invasive procedure. Yes, cows are essentially getting Prozac for their depression, but who are we to decide this for them? The real solution would be to truly improve the conditions for farm cows, or you know, find an alternative to calcium and let cows live peacefully. Unfortunately, it is unlikely that the dairy industry will begin to support either of these initiatives any time soon.

As consumers, we have the power to put an end to this unnecessary suffering. By choosing from the plethora of milk and dairy alternatives on the market today, we are choosing to not support these cruel and destructive industries. You can choose to create a more compassionate world with this simple choice every day.

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80 comments on “Dairy Farmers Have Finally Figured Out How to Make Real ‘Happy Cows’! Serotonin Shots….”

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Debra
1 Years Ago

This whole thing is misleading and is based on the false dogma that serotonin is the "happy hormone."

A sizable volume of sound research studies demonstrated that increasing serotonin and tryptophan either with drugs or supplements is linked to brain dysfunction, stress hormone release, cognitive deficits, inflammation, impaired blood circulation in the brain, hypertension, osteoporosis, cancer, and other less than "happy" effects - http://www.supplements-and-health.com/tryptophan-side-effects.html

The fact that the cows had more calcium in their milk/blood is because the serotonin pulled it out of their bones. That\'s why SSRIs cause osteoporosis, among other things (see article above). The cows are likely less healthy, just like people on SSRIs......


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Rob Law
1 Years Ago

So on the dairies I worked on the cows had special diets to give them all the vitamins and minerals for a healthy long life, Because if a cow only lasts a few seasons is costing you lots of money(at least two years of raising, caring, vet bills, feed bills, on and on). When a cow can produce good milk for many years the money invested is paid back and she becomes a cash cow. In Australia dairy farmers are paid on quality not quantity so a good diet produces good profitable milk. Why would jeopardize your income, its hard enough.
maybe the dairy industry in Oz is a bit old school.


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Therese Francis
1 Years Ago

Great, one more unnatural ingredient for post consumption. When will they ever learn. Pitiful people. They will spend so much time in purgatory witnessing their wrongs.... tsk tsk tsk


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Therese Francis
1 Years Ago

Great, one more unnatural ingredient for post consumption. When will they ever learn. Pitiful people. They will spend so much time in purgatory witnessing their wrongs.... tsk tsk tsk


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Jane Kroesbergen
1 Years Ago

Those are not dairy cows in the picture


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Rob Law
20 Jul 2016

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Phil Deforce
1 Years Ago

Disfuckinggusting so called business...i stopped drinking milk ages ago and have given up on dairy now altogether...i all makes me sick to the bones...we dont need any of it anyways..


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Mireya Mata
1 Years Ago

:-(


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Mireya Mata
1 Years Ago

:-(


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Rob Law
1 Years Ago

What? sorry but there are some untruths in this. Calves are kept with there mothers for about a day, this way they get the colostrum loaded milk(so they have the anti-bodies etc for a good start). they are taken away so the cow can be milked. Because a calf cant drink all the milk created, if the cow is not milked out properly she can get mastitis(this can kill a cow without loads of drugs). The first five days a cows milk must be thrown away(used for the calves) because colostrum is no good for the processing of milk, big fines. The calf is very will looked after because its the future of the dairy(why would you damage your livelihood?).
Rape pack LOL, yes a cow is often artificially inseminated, this way you can get different bloodlines into your dairy\\\'s gene pool.
Your had is put up the cows bum, so you can feel the cervix. A very thin long pipette is inserted into the vagina. this pipette is directed to the cervix to deposit the sperm. By the way have you seen the damage a bull does to a cow during mating, the cows look very sorry. We did have a bull that serviced the cows that did not fall pregnant from AI.
Plus the this is a food cows produce, so most drugs can\\\'t be in the cows system for human consumption. Cows on antibiotics the milk is thrown out for 5-7 days, we did not even give this to the calves.
The best drug we gave the cows was silage, its grass that has been cut and then stored straight away. It ferments, yay drunk cows. they loved it, jumping about like little girls.
you should visit a few dairies. Big and small.


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Kerry Price
1 Years Ago


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