Most people consider milk to be vegetarian, but a dairy cow is amongst the worst abused animals in factory farms. She is typically tied to a single spot for her entire life, where she stands and lies down in her own urine and feces. To increase milk productivity, she is artificially impregnated within a few months of having given birth, resulting in her body being either in a pregnant or lactating state for the majority of her life.
Her body is overburdened due to being constantly pregnant or lactating, the use of unnatural feed stocks / growth hormones / antibiotics, unhygienic living conditions and the unnaturally high levels of milking. This results in most dairy cows being so sick and exhausted by the age of 5-6 years (compared to a natural lifespan of 20+ years), that they are considered spent and sent for slaughter.
Male calves are the forgotten victims of the dairy industry. Being of no use for milk production, he is either starved, abandoned or sent for slaughter. An extremely cruel, yet widely followed practice, involves starving the male calf to death in front of his mother, as it is believed to help increase milk productivity.
Did you know?
Cows are intelligent and social animals, who in natural surroundings form well-defined hierarchy based social groups of 100's of other animals. Maternal bonds are very strong in cows, and calves will not leave their mothers for the first 4-6 months of their life.