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The Missing Children You Won’t See On Milk Cartons

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The Missing Children You Won’t See On Milk Cartons

We were driving down a long dusty highway, just after crossing from Texas into New Mexico. There wasn’t much to see at first; it was an expansive brown and sporadically industrialized desert speckled with patches of irrigated greenů But then, in amongst the industrial buildings, contrasting figures of black and white came into view.

A couple of hundred feet from the highway, standing under thin tin roofs, in what little shade there was, paddock after paddock of cows began to whirl by. There were no blades of grass or even weeds to be found under hoof here, only compacted sun-broiled dirt. Still, some cows braved the heat, perhaps because there was not enough room in the shade for all, and lolled around the yard.

There did not seem to be a bull, male cow or young calves of any gender in the herds. We discovered later that these were most likely dairy cows, kept on site so that they could be moved in and out of the nearby factory at milking time.

Their lives appeared to consist of “waiting.” Waiting to eat, waiting to give birth, waiting for their children to be taken from them, waiting for their bodies to be drained of the milk they futilely created for their missing calves. They knew these routines, but I wonder if they knew that all the “waiting” was only leading to an early death.

If every carton of milk, package of cheese, sour cream and yogurt told the true story of these cows lives; the loss of their children and the bloody end both they and their calves ultimately meetů would the greater public still turn a blind eye?

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Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati

Gentle World is a vegan intentional community and non-profit organization, whose core purpose is to help build a more peaceful society, by educating the public about the reasons for being vegan, the benefits of vegan living, and how to go about making such a transition. For more information about vegan food and other aspects of a vegan lifestyle, visit the Gentle World website and subscribe to our monthly newsletter.


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7:31AM PDT on Aug 15, 2013

thanks for sharing.

9:36AM PDT on Aug 6, 2013

prefer buying what I need form small farms and processors.

9:32AM PDT on Aug 6, 2013

Yes, but please put it all on one page! About 50% of my time on Care2 is spend waiting for pages to load!

12:17PM PDT on Jul 30, 2013

thanks for sharing this

5:30AM PDT on Jul 30, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

3:29PM PDT on Jul 18, 2013

Thank you for your efforts to help animals.

2:39AM PDT on Jul 17, 2013

simple economics of demand versus supply. yet some humans use products, services etc as a crutch. bottom-line is, no matter what yr leaning is- vegetarian or not; it is fundamentally how self aware are you in yr consumption patterns. we could wish for our fellow humans to be more self aware and educated on where, how and what things. this issue is not simple as asking people to give up their comfort levels, statue quo etc.

7:47AM PDT on Jul 14, 2013

Wow! Thanks for sharing this information.

5:01AM PDT on Jul 13, 2013

I've stopped long ago and am none the worse for it. In fact, I suspect that I could well be dead by now if I had kept on with it.

5:23AM PDT on Jul 12, 2013

Great article thank you. Fully agree with your comments to "stop participating in it", & that goes for buying from companies that test on animals too.
Thanks :)

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