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The industrialized animal agriculture industry spends tons of money on advertising and marketing campaigns in an attempt to mask the hellish reality that exists on factory farms. Not only do specific dairy producers and brands advertise, but thanks to checkoff programs, the government also pushes dairy on consumers with catchy advertising campaigns like the long-standing “Got Milk?” campaign. Scenes of healthy cows happily chewing their cud on wide expanses of open grassland give consumers the false impression of what actually occurs on industrialized dairy farms, but thanks to an image shared by Unparalleled Suffering Photography on Facebook, we see these contrived scenes could not be further from the truth.

The image shows endless rows of dairy cows lying motionless between metal bars. The floor is FLOODED with excrement and urine, the cows’ bodies are filthy, their tails have been cut, and their faces express nothing but misery and desperation.

 

This certainly is no idyllic pasture like the dairy industry wants us to believe! And, where are the calves? More than likely, they have been ripped away from their mothers right after birth so they can become veal or dairy cows and the milk made for them can be given to us. And the milking process adds even more suffering. Hooked up to milking machines, cows on industrialized dairy farms are overmilked to the point where the udders of many of them become infected and can lead to mastitis and blood and pus excretions, which, you guessed it, end up in the milk consumers drink. Additionally, many cows are administered hormones, which also end up in consumers’ bodies, and due to overcrowded and unhygienic environments, antibiotics are administered at alarming rates, giving rise to the worldwide epidemic of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Although many dairy farms have been losing their wholesale contracts and shutting down due to the rise in popularity of plant-based milks, dairy is still everywhere, from cheese and ice cream to other food products and even “health” supplements in the form of whey, casein, milk solids, and milk fat. And FAR too many people still believe the lies that dairy cows are happy cows with their babies by their sides who enjoy being milked by hand by compassionate farmers. So, PLEASE do your part to help dispel the dairy myths and SHARE this with everyone you know. Only through increased awareness will this type of gross suffering begin to become a thing of the past.

Image Source: Unparalleled Suffering Photography/Facebook 

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Rachel
10 Days ago

This article is based strictly on misinformation. First of all, the cows are not lying motionless. They have freedom to lie down, get up, and move about the barn as they choose. Cows just like to lie down to chew their cud when they aren\'t eating which is why they have rows of beds to lay on. (Many farms are now transitioning to the use of water beds for added comfort!) The metal bars are simply in place to separate cow from cow on the row of beds. They are not restrained whatsoever. As far as the manure goes, the picture does not show the mechanical scraper that continuously clears the aisle of feces and urine. The above photo was clearly taken before the next sweep, but rest assured the floor is cleaned regularly. That is just a standard dairy practice.

Tail docking was also mentioned in the caption. This is for the sake of hygiene and safety. Long tails can get caught on things around the barn and can also harbor bacteria and attract flies. The cows don\'t necessarily need long tails to swish flies because dairy barns are so well ventilated that bugs aren\'t an issue.

Also, to say that "their faces express nothing but misery and desperation" is nothing but anthropomorphism. Cows are not humans and do not express emotions like we do, so that is not even valid.

Milking is not cruel and does not harm the animals in any way. Most farmers milk cows twice per day, but on farms with robotic milking units (where the cow can be milked any time she chooses 24/7), they are sometimes milked up to three times per day. That is strictly the choice of the cow. If milking was so terrible, they wouldn\'t be milked any more than they had to be. Cows are checked for mastitis before every milking and treated if need be. When a cow is positive for mastitis, her milk is not sold, but regardless, all milk is pasteurized for safety.

I could go on, but I think that\'s enough for now. Everyone is entitled to his/her own opinion and I can respect people\'s choices to not consume animal products. I simply want to inform others of what it is really like on a farm, as someone with a background with large animals and agriculture.


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dewalt
14 Jul 2018

really? think the cow prefers being forcefully inseminated? think she enjoys having her children forcibly removed, repeatedly? think she appreciates the fact that she gets murdered once she stops providing enough milk? they\'re not here for you to take advantage of and to try and justify your abhorrent behavior and attitude towards them.

when you say you have a background in animals and agriculture, what you mean is that you are part of an industry that sees them as a commodity, not loving, caring and affectionate beings.

PHENNAH
11 Days ago

And yet.... when you tell most people about this sort of thing they just shrug their shoulders and continue supporting the cruelty. Very frustrating. Often they get mad at you for telling them.


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Isabel Maria
11 Days ago

THIS IS REVOLTING AND DESPICABLE, IT GOES AGAINST ALL LAWS OF NATURE. UNFORTUNATELY, THE ANIMAL WHO IS RULING THIS PLANET, BECAUSE IT DOES NOT KNOW HOW TO USE THEIR BRAIN, IT SHRUNK, AND WHO PAYS FOR IT, EVERYONE, THAT IS RIGHT, WE ALL PAY, AND THE MOST STUPID THING, IS THEY DO EVERYTHING IN THE OPEN UP, BUT ONLY A VERY SMALL PERCENTAGE OF PEOPLE, IS DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT. SORRY, BUT i AM SO TIRED AND REVOLTED FOR WHAT IS BEING DONE TO THE POOR ANIMALS, THAT FOR ME, i WOULD PUT ALL OF THOSE CREEPS IN AN IRELAND, WHERE THEY HAD TO LEARN HOW TO DEFEND FOR THEMSELVES.


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Denise Baudin
11 Days ago

THIS IS WHERE YOUR MILK, CHEESE AND ICE CREAM COME FROM... look at ALL the pictures and read the text.

"They" call them DAIRY FARMS.

Cows are kept PREGNANT so they can produce milk and MORE milk to FATTEN-UP THE BLOODY DAIRY FARMS\' OWNERS\' BANK ACCOUNTS.

What those GREEDY farms are HELL HOLES for THE COWS.

If bloody dairy farms had glass walls, nobody would drink milk nor eat cheese nor fattening ice cream.

This is 2018 - there are milk substitutes - use them and save helpless cows.

"The image shows endless rows of dairy cows lying motionless between metal bars. The floor is FLOODED with excrement and urine, the cows’ bodies are filthy, their tails have been cut, and their faces express nothing but misery and desperation."

This is 2018 - there are milk substitutes - use them and save helpless cows.


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M Chand
12 Jul 2018

Please see some videos on Youtube as to how they treat dairy cows and buffaloes in India and you will realise that you are not drinking milk but you are drinking blood.
STOP now!!!



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