I used to consume a LOT of dairy. I'm not proud of it. There was a time in my life when I never thought I could possibly live without it.
But then I read The Pig Who Sang to the Moon, and I was wracked with guilt and sorrow over the plight of dairy cows and their sons. Even though I don't have any maternal instinct for human children, what I read about the effects of the dairy industry on both mothers and baby calves ripped my heart out. I knew I could not be complicit in that sort of harm any longer, simply because I "loved cheese."
There's a farm not too far from where I live that has veal crates visible from the road. Every time I drive by there I tear up, partly out of frustration that I can't do anything to help them (beyond not consuming dairy), but also out of empathy for the horrible, shortened lives they live because of humans' appetite for dairy products.
And I feel so badly for their mothers, who suffer terribly when their babies are ripped away from them. It must be so horrible for them to have their babies taken away, and not be able to nurture them. Instead, their milk is stolen and fed to humans, who more often than not don't give a second of thought to how their actions affect these poor cows.
According to John Robbins, veal sales have dropped substantially in the past 20 years in North America. That's reason to be hopeful. But of course veal production is only a byproduct of the dairy industry, so what we really need to see is a reduction in dairy consumption to make a difference in these animals' lives. I feel uplifted and vibrantly happy that I no longer play a part in their suffering.
Anyway, I just wanted to start a SUPPORT thread for those of us whose hearts ache along with those of the cows who suffer so horribly so people can eat their cheese pizza. I'd love to hear your thoughts, including what made YOU decide to remove yourself from the horrible system of oppression that is the dairy industry.