Reasons to Go Vegan #4: Dairy

There is no fundamental difference between man and the higher animals in their mental faculties…. The lower animals, like man, manifestly feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery.

          —Charles Darwin
Sanctuary Cows   Factory Farm Cows

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After a life of torture and misery a dairy cow's life comes to a frightful end when she may be starved, diseased and mistreated and unable to stand before the "cull" is finally enacted.

For more information on the life of a dairy cow and her childrend see, The True Face of Dairy

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The Dark Side of Dairy

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  • Got Milk? Might Not Be Doing You Much Good —New York Times.
    Unfortunately, breast-feeding until that age is often difficult, if not impossible, because mothers have to return to work, and children go off to preschool or day care. So we often replace human milk with the milk of cows or other animals. But at a certain point, we have to acknowledge that we are the only mammals on the planet that continue to consume milk after childhood, often in great amounts.

    More and more evidence is surfacing, however, that milk consumption may not only be unhelpful, it might also be detrimental. This is in spite of the fact that the United States Department of Agriculture and other organizations advocate that even adults should drink at least three cups a day. More…

  • How does drinking milk harm cows?
    The only way for a cow, like any other mammal, to produce milk is for the cow to have a baby. The milk produced by cows is naturally meant for baby calves; however, because people want to drink this milk, the baby calves are taken away from their mothers when they are only a few days old. Cows are extremely maternal animals and both the mother cow and the baby calf suffer terribly from being separated at such a young age. One study showed that calves with no interaction with their mothers or only interaction through a fence, "induced significant increases in walking, butting, urinating, and vocalizing". In fact, one cow missed her baby so much that she broke out of her paddock and trekked through 8 kilometers of paddocks and rivers to find her baby. On dairy farms, mother cows can be heard bellowing out wildly trying to find their babies as well as running after the cattle trucks that take their babies to separate farms. More…

  • Addicted to cheese? Here's why. —Boston Globe.
    The primary protein in milk is casein. When the human body digests casein, it produces casomorphins, which have an opiate-like effect on humans. Because cheese is denser than, for example, milk, the casein is more heavily concentrated, meaning that eating cheese produces a larger amount of casomorphins in the body compared to eating other dairy products. More…
  • Attention cheese lovers: Top reasons to quit eating cheese
    Cheese can be a tough one to drop but once you learn the reality of cheese, you won't have any problem cutting it out.

    If you find yourself hung up on cheese, don't worry, you're not the only one. Cheese is one of the hardest products to ditch and for a good reason: cheese is addictive. No really, cheese has opiates in it. Cheese is packed with amphetamine-like chemicals called phenylethylamine. Good rule of thumb: if you can't pronounce a word, much less spell the word then you shouldn't risk putting it in your body. More…

  • Harvard Declares Dairy NOT Part of Healthy Diet, 3/2013
    The Harvard experts also referred to the high levels of saturated fat in most dairy products and suggested that collards, bok choy, fortified soy milk, and baked beans are safer choices than dairy for obtaining calcium, as are high quality supplements.   More…

  • Want to Help Prevent Parkinson's Disease? Avoid Cheese
    What about avoiding pesticides and other industrial pollutants? A recent autopsy study found higher levels in the brains of Parkinson's victims of certain PCBs found in Monsanto's Aroclor, which was banned in 1979. The more PCBs found in the brain, the worse the brain damage. The worst three appeared to be PCBs 138, 153, and 180, all of which are significantly lower in the bodies of those eating plant-based diets. More here… and Here…
  • Dairy milk is singled out as the biggest dietary cause of osteoporosis, News Medical, 2005
    Author Russell Eaton says: 'Dairy milk does increase bone density, but this comes at a terrible price. The latest research is showing that far from protecting bones, milk actually increases the risk of osteoporosis by eroding bone-making cells. Also, people with osteoporosis have a much higher incidence of heart disease and cancer, and the evidence is pointing at milk as the common factor.' More…

  • Anger over photos of Indonesian cattle cruelty
    Indonesian Veterinary Association chairwoman Wiwiek Bagja said animal welfare laws in effect since 2009 did not work because they do not actually lay out what punishments people should face for animal cruelty.

    From a previous article:

    Australian cattle exported to Indonesia for slaughter take an average of four cuts to the throat to die, a new industry-commissioned report has revealed.

    The Report uncovers multiple animal welfare concerns at every stage of the journey from transport to handling to slaughter.

    The RSPCA's Chief Scientist Dr Bidda Jones said it's now clear that conditions for cattle in Indonesia are just as bad as those that face Australian sheep exported to the Middle East.

    "The majority of the animals observed, and likely the majority of animals exported, were subjected to significant levels of pain, fear and distress during handling and an inhumane slaughter." More…

  • Breaking the Cheese Addiction: Step 1 The Reality Check
    Cheese is one the most difficult products to give up when adopting a vegan diet. And it's no wonder with loads of salt and fat, your palette, like your health, hardly stands a chance. For the next several months, we will provide a step-by-step program to get the cheese out of your diet and your health on track. You can be free of the cheese! More…

More on cheese, meat and white sugar addicition on our RenoVegans Nutrition page.

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