On the morning of my birthday five years ago, my water broke, and the next day I received the greatest present of my life: a healthy, precious daughter.
Our bond is unbreakable. It is also biological. Mother cows, who carry their babies for nine months too, feel this bond as well. They love their babies, nurture them, and speak to them. They protect them, and just like us, they want to see them live and grow.
But on dairy farms, shortly after cows give birth, their babies are stolen from them so that the milk they produce to feed their calves can be sold in grocery stores for human consumption instead. While we have a little cream with our coffee, or smile as we down a big bowl of ice cream, mother cows are crying out for their babies.
Cows have excellent memories, and they feel hurt and pain. This breaks my heart.
Cow’s milk is for baby calves. I did not need to be a mother to understand this, but having my own child has driven this home on such a personal level. This is why I am a mother against dairy.
Tabatha James is the founder of The Sensible Vegan. She is a wife, mother, and children’s book author. Growing up in the historic town of Dahlonega, GA, she learned to appreciate nature and enjoy the great outdoors. As a child, she watched her dad train as a bodybuilder, which helped her develop a lifelong passion for fitness and healthy living. She was featured in the AJC following her first pregnancy, for her amazing weight loss journey. Tabatha is an avid researcher and loves reading and watching educational documentaries regarding food, nutrition, and protecting animals. She has also been featured in Mothers Against Dairy and Black Vegans Rock. She describes herself as a “sensible vegan” with a mission to educate and inspire others to explore a plant-based, whole foods diet and advocate to keep all animals free from harm.