The major beef producers want you to think those cows you’re eating lived a happy life. The truth is if you buy from virtually any major grocery store chain, you’re probably going to eat beef that was raised in painful conditions. Below you will find some reasons to become a vegetarian.
Reasons To Become A Vegetarian: Cows
Looking for reasons to go vegetarian? Cows produce milk for the same reason that humans do: to nourish their young. In order to force the animals to continue giving milk, factory farm operators typically impregnate them using artificial insemination every year. Calves are generally taken from their mothers within a day of being born—males are destined for veal crates or barren lots where they will be fattened for beef, and females are sentenced to the same fate as their mothers.
After their calves are taken away from them, mother cows are hooked up, several times a day, to milking machines. These cows are genetically manipulated, artificially inseminated, and often drugged to force them to produce about four and a half times as much milk as they naturally would to feed their calves.
Animals are often dosed with bovine growth hormone (BGH), which contributes to a painful inflammation of the udder known as “mastitis.” (BGH is used widely in the U.S. but has been banned in Europe and Canada because of concerns over human health and animal welfare.) According to the industry’s own figures, between 30 and 50 percent of dairy cows suffer from mastitis, an extremely painful condition.
A cow’s natural lifespan is about 25 years, but cows used by the dairy industry are killed after only four or five years. An industry study reports that by the time they are killed, nearly 40 percent of dairy cows are lame because of the intensive confinement, the filth, and the strain of being almost constantly pregnant and giving milk. Dairy cows’ bodies are turned into soup, companion animal food, or low-grade hamburger meat because their bodies are too “spent” to be used for anything else.
Reasons To Become A Vegetarian: Veal Calves
Still looking for reasons to become a vegetarian? Male calves—”byproducts” of the dairy industry—are generally taken from their mothers when they are less than 1 day old. Many are shipped off to barren, filthy feedlots to await slaughter. Others are kept in dark, tiny crates where they are kept almost completely immobilized so that their flesh stays tender. In order to make their flesh white, the calves are fed a liquid diet that is low in iron and has little nutritive value. This heinous treatment makes the calves ill, and they frequently suffer from anemia, diarrhea, and pneumonia.
When thinking about reasons to become a vegetarian, think about this: Frightened, sick and alone, these calves are killed after only a few months of life so that their flesh can be sold as veal. All adult and baby cows, whether raised for their flesh or their milk, are eventually shipped to a slaughterhouse and killed.
The good news is that removing dairy products from your diet is easier than ever. Today there is a multitude of nondairy “dairy” products on the market, such as soy, rice and almond milk and soy ice cream. Check out a list of our favorite dairy and meat alternatives. – Source
Not only does the meat industry torture and abuse animals, it’s not doing you any health favors by a longshot. Greasy beef and dairy products are loaded with bad cholesterol and saturate fat to ensure you’ll either get fat or die of a heart attack.
And don’t forget about all those hormones and antibiotics they pump into animals just to keep them alive – it all ends up in your food supply.
Reasons To Become A Vegetarian: Conclusion
Still considering reasons to become a vegetarian? Check out the following video to learn a little more about what it’s like at the places where animals are raised for food. Keep in mind, this is a toned down version.