Life As a Dairy Cow Ain't Easy

Young calves are seen at the farm Baumhoegger-Wieden of farmer Klaus Wieden on November 6, 2008 in Imbach in Leverkusen, Germany. Big discounters like Aldi and Lidl lowered prices due to the actual economic crisis. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images Europe)
It's becoming more and more obvious that maybe there is no such thing as a happy cow, especially when it comes to dairy cows.

Cows are lined up to be milked.
It can't be fun to spend your life strapped to tubes and hoses, constantly being milked. Or being crammed side-by side into a industrial style milking mechanism.

Even worse, being impregnated every year, having your calf taken away and being milked for the next few months, only to do it all over again, doesn't seem like an enjoyable existence.

A calf doomed to live the life of a dairy cow.
Dairy cows may go through this cycle of impregnation and milking anywhere from three to 10 times during the course of their lives. When they can no longer provide a calf or milk, they are culled.

Culling is just a fancy word for killing an animal that is rendered useless.

Sad, but true. Maybe PETA was on to something when they suggested Ben & Jerry's use human breast milk as opposed to cow's milk.

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