Female cows in the dairy industry are treated as nothing more than baby- and milk-making machines— with no regard for their emotional lives. If they were allowed to fulfill their role as mothers, they would spend months teaching and nurturing their young, and would continue bonding and socializing with them for years, just as we do as humans. Animals are families too.
As a health coach, I know that there is absolutely no reason to consume dairy, in fact there are many reasons why we should avoid it. Ideally, we need to keep our bodies in an alkaline state and dairy inhibits this. We now know that milk consumption is actually linked to increased bone fracture and does nothing to prevent osteoporosis. As many as 8 out of 10 of us are lactose intolerant, and dairy causes all manner of ailments and diseases in our bodies, from asthma to allergies and increased risk of cancer and heart disease.
The truth is, we can most effectively and healthfully maintain strong bones by exercising, eating plenty of leafy green veggies, getting adequate amounts of vitamin D, and limiting our salt intake.
It’s time that we extend our compassion to all animals, including our fellow mothers, both human and non-human.