I was horrified when I learned that dairy cows have to deliver a baby in order to produce milk, and that their babies are taken away— over and over again— to keep them lactating at maximum yields. Already a mother myself at that point, I felt guilty and ashamed to have been part of such a horrible, disgusting industry for so many years. Factory farm or small organic farm, cows used for dairy are still deprived of their babies, their reproductive systems are still grossly exploited, and they are still slaughtered when they have outlived their profitability. Supporting the dairy industry is supporting the violation of motherhood, and of innocent, beautiful creatures.”
Maritza’s bio: Maritza Oliver is an activist, artist, animal liberationist and children’s book author and illustrator who lives in British Columbia, Canada with her 12-year-old son. They are both proud to be vegans. Maritza’s book, Milk and Cookie A Little Spooky, helps explain to kids, in child appropriate terms, what’s wrong with dairy and why no one who cares about animals would want to support it. Check out Maritza’s page Vegan Children’s Books to learn more about her work.