Back in the day, when I was a child, we were given a half-pint of milk at school every day. Every school in the country had to follow suit (I’m from the UK). To this day, I have no idea why. It left me with the impression that cow’s milk was a healthy drink. A good thing to consume. I took thirty years to realise this wasn’t correct and a few years more to become educated as to why the dairy industry is nothing but cruel.
I´m not a scientist or a doctor to set down why milk is an unhealthy drink. Instead, feel free to check out 12 Reasons To Stop Drinking Cow´s Milk from Peta. Cow´s milk is unhealthy, robs our bones of vital calcium, increases the risk of certain cancers, not to mention the level of saturated fats that cause cholesterol linked to high blood pressure and heart disease.
Even worse, the dairy industry is a hellhole for cows and their calves. Some farms may work to try to improve conditions but there is only the simple truth. No cow would ever choose to donate its milk for human consumption. No calf would voluntarily agree to be separated from its mother and killed as a waste product of the dairy industry. No dairy farmer can ever justify what they do to these creatures.
When I gave up dairy, I really thought I would miss milk. Yet, with the choice of so many delicious plant-based milk, I seriously ask myself why we continue to drink the milk meant for a baby cow.
If you love animals and really want to make a difference, even if you don’t want to go vegan, try plant-based milk such as soy, oatmeal or coconut milk, my favourite. I guarantee you’ll be surprised at how much better it tastes. All you have to do is visit a different aisle of your supermarket. It´s that simple.
What’s more, every time you choose differently, you’ll be lessening the cruelty towards a mama cow and might even save a calf from becoming a veal dinner. That, my friends, can only be a good thing.
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