The Price of Cheap Milk
We have at last been granted permission to post this picture to illustrate a report on an aspect of the toll we take on Mother Cow and her calves snatched, unmothered, from her so that we can take over her udder for our cuppa, breakfast cereals, yogurt and many other purposes.
Lent is a time to try the cruelty-free alternatives in the dairy-free range. The modern British dairy cow averages yields of about 25 litres a day during her foreshortened life, during which she will give birth to 3 calves. She is gestating and lactating for about 6 months of each year and under the threats of mastitis, lameness, and reproductive failure and the corollaries of succumbing to milk fever and other signs of 'downer cow syndrome'. BSE originated and persisted in an intensive system relentlessly exploiting this cruel perversion of motherhood.