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Is Milk vegetarian?

Think Milk is vegetarian? Think again...

Since we’re kids, we’re told the cow is holy…but did you know that the dairy industry uses extremely cruel and painful practices to make a profit. A dairy cow or buffalo, who can normally live upto 15-20 years, is milked everyday, twice a day... till she cannot be milked anymore. She is sick, old, exhausted and sent for slaughter by the time she is only 5-6 years.

Not only are her calves taken away from her year after year, (butchering calves makes money too) she is also given strong medications and drugs like oxytocin (that cause severe cramps) and is typically chained to one spot for most of her short life. 

  •  little brown calf tied
    little brown calf tied (source julie_o_neil)
  • calves tied just out of reach from mothers dairy cruelty
    calves tied just out of reach from mothers dairy cruelty (source OFP)
  • modern dairy farming young calf branded burnt left in concrete holding pen.
    modern dairy farming young calf branded burnt left in concrete holding pen.
  • helpless and starving baby calf
    helpless and starving baby calf (source OFP
  • anxious mother trying to reach her baby calf
    anxious mother trying to reach her baby calf (Source OFP)
  • concrete pen holding young calves, till the grow old enough to be impregnated
    concrete pen holding young calves, till the grow old enough to be impregnated (source Jullie o Neil)
  • Dying baby calf in Rishikesh dairy
    Dying baby calf in Rishikesh dairy (source julie-o neil)
  • Male calves tied in trucks, being taken for slaughter
    Male calves tied in trucks, being taken for slaughter (Source VSPCA)
  • Starved to death male calf. Dairy farm in Rishikesh India
    Starved to death male calf. Dairy farm in Rishikesh India (source Jullie o neil)
  • Buffaloes tied to one spot and living in their own filth
    Buffaloes tied to one spot and living in their own filth (source OFP)
  • living in the filth causes painful  hoof and udder diseases
    living in the filth causes painful hoof and udder diseases (source OFP)
  • Like a prisoner, just a number for life. Dairy cow (source OFP)
    A prisoner, a number for life. Dairy cow (source OFP)
  • prisoners of modern dairy farms
    chained and lined up for feed..."humane" conditions at a modern dairy farm in India
  • Cows being milked by machines with inflamed and swollen udders
    Cows being milked by machines with inflamed and swollen udders (source commons)
  • Cows lined up like machines for milking, modern milking facilities
    Cows lined up like machines for milking, modern milking facilities (source paragdairies)
  • artificial insemination typically bare handed handlers insert their arm into the cows uterus Milk
    artificial insemination typically bare handed handlers insert their arm into the cows uterus (source petaindia)
  • unhygienic conditions and milking machines cause mastitis and severely painful swelling of udders
    unhygienic conditions and milking machines cause mastitis and severely painful swelling of udders
  • Poisoning us and them, Oxytocin is used liberally to increase milk discharge
    Poisoning us and them, Oxytocin is used liberally to increase milk discharge (source Mid Day)
  • Transported, like this, sometimes over 100's of kilometers
    Transported, like this, sometimes over 100's of kilometers (source PFA)
  • Crammed trucks transporting buffaloes for slaughter
    Crammed trucks transporting buffaloes for slaughter (source PFA)
  • Tears, of exhaustion, pain and fear Dairy industry
    Tears, of exhaustion, pain and fear (source PFA)
  • packed tightly with no space to even shift a bit, over a 100 kms like this
    packed tightly with no space to even shift a bit, over a 100 kms like this (source PFA)
  • Inspite of being tied, the cows finally collapse over each other, often crushing calves and injured animals beaneath them
    Inspite of being tied, the cows finally collapse over each other, often crushing calves and injured animals beaneath them (source PFA)
  • The long and heinous transport conditions cause young calves to colapse and die
    The long and heinous transport conditions cause young calves to die long beore they reach slaughterhouses (sources PFA)
  • Injured and fallen dairy cow transport
    Injured and fallen dairy cow transport (source PFA)
  • Injured and fallen dairy cow transport- Dairy products
    Injured and fallen dairy cow transport- Dairy products (source PFA)
  • How many more have to suffer this fate?
    How many more have to suffer this fate? (source PFA)
  • Red chilly powder is rubbed into the eyes, to make fallen cows get up
    Red chilly powder is rubbed into the eyes, to make fallen cows get up (source PFA)
  • Sometimes, entire truck full of cows are abandoned and left to die a slow painful death
    Sometimes, entire truck full of cows are abandoned and left to die a slow painful death (source PFA)
  • Killed infront of each other, against the law, against halal rules and yet, it's the common practice
    Killed infront of each other, against the law, against halal rules and yet, it's the common practice
  • The pain and terror of her final moments still reflect in her eyes
    The pain and terror of her final moments still reflect in her eyes (source petaindia)
  • Modern slaughter houses: Cows weighing over a 100 kgs are hung upside by one foot
    Modern slaughter houses: Cows weighing over a 100 kgs are hung upside by one foot (commons)
  • Fully grown foetuses of fully pregnant cows who were slaughtered
    Fully grown foetuses of fully pregnant cows who were slaughtered (commons)
  • If not slaughtered, dairy cows are abandoned to feed on garbage
    If not slaughtered, they are abandoned to feed on garbage. Left to eat garbage plastic and needles that cause painful ruptures in their stomach. (
  • Plastic extracted from one abandoned cows stomach - dairy
    Plastic extracted from one abandoned cows stomach (source plasticinherstomach)
  • Do these beautiful gentle animals deserve that kind of suffering?
    Do these beautiful gentle animals deserve that kind of suffering?
  • Compassion can change the world around, yours and theirs
    Compassion can change the world around, yours and theirs
  • A beautiful Indian print of mother and child, they are considered sacred.
    A beautiful Indian print of mother and child, they are considered sacred.
  • Mother and child, no matter what the species, the bond is always precious
    Mother and child, no matter what the species, the bond is always precious (source jullie o neil)
  • Two beautiful baby calves, cuddling together
    Two beautiful baby calves, cuddling together, seeking warmth and protection, much like us Humans