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Succour for Cow and Calf - 14/09/2005
 
“The category that strikes fear into the hearts of dairy farmers everywhere – dairy-free… the niche sector that may well be watched nervously” are words introducing an editorial supplement (called Dairymen) to the Grocer (10 September 2005). A senior market analyst reckons that the soya alternatives “are growing faster than the real thing”, for which many innovations and hefty, subsidized advertising are failing to restore the ailing cowboy industry. VEGA takes an opportunity to illuminate Guardian readers and to spur all animal welfarists to boycott joyfully the output of the dairy/beef/veal industry.

Stuffing soya beans and other imported concentrated into commercial herds of limping, mastitic and miserable cows, short-lived and brutally separated from their deprived calves, must surely pass – like BSE – into the shameful annals avoidable and relentless exploitations perpetrated in the greed for cheap food. Cow and calf must be released from the thrall of industrial and mechanical suckling to satisfy demanding alien species of lifelong mother suckers. VEGA writes letter to the Guardian.


The Milk of Human Kindness

The future bids fair to relieve the bleak outlook for Britain’s cows (Churned out, Environment, page 14, 7th September).

Alternative dairy-products are now penetrating the market, even against the subsidies advantaging the live/deadstock industry, to the extent of 5% ( equivalent to the output from the British herd of over 200,000 of cows ( and their calves and heifers) introduced artificially into the world’s teeming and competitive populations of feed and food guzzlers). Grow food, not feed is the message for a healthy world, with equable distributions of resources; or , in the emphasis of the Economist’s dietary advice this year 9 30 April) “ a healthy diet is built on a base of grains, vegetables and fruits, followed by ever-decreasing amounts of dairy-products, meat, sweets, and oils.”

Stuffing soya beans and other imported concentrates into commercial herds of limping, mastitic, and miserable cows, and short-lived and brutally separated from their deprived calves, must surely pass-like BSE-into the shameful annals of avoidable and relentless exploitations perpetrated in the greed for cheap food. Cow and calf must be released from the thrall of industrial and mechanical suckling to satisfy a demanding alien species of lifelong mother suckers.
 
 
 

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