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#1 Old 10-28-2013, 04:11 PM
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A lot of “strange noises” were coming from the Sunshine Dairy Farm in Newbury, Massachusetts, earlier this week, causing some alarm among nearby residents. Concerned phone calls came into the police department between midnight and 7AM reporting “inhuman” sounds, but callers were told not to worry – they were just the moans from mourning cows who recently had their baby calves taken away from them.

Newbury police Sgt. Patty Fisher said that it’s the annual separation of cows and calves, and the cries and moans are all part of the process. “It happens every year at the same time,” she said.

The concerned phone calls over the sounds prompted Sgt. Fisher to post a message on the police station’s Facebook page:

“Residents in the area of Sunshine Dairy Farm may notice loud noises coming from the dairy cows at all hours of the day and night. We’ve been informed that the cows are not in distress and that the noises are a normal part of farming practices.”

“Not in distress”? These cows carried their babies in their womb, gave birth to them, and then had them taken away from them. Now their milk, which was intended for their calf, is going to be pumped away for human consumption while their calf is destined for either a similar fate of a dairy cow if it’s a girl, or a short life of confinement while it’s fattened up and immobilized for a future veal dinner, if it’s a boy. All those moans and cries AREN’T a sign of distress? ON WHAT PLANET?

Read the rest here: http://www.ecorazzi.com/2013/10/26/residents-told-not-to-be-alarmed-by-mourning-cows/

This is seriously the saddest story I've read in a long time. Please share this and spread the word about what dairy cows go through, most people have no idea about the true cost of milk. bigcry.gif

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#2 Old 10-29-2013, 03:59 AM
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Couldn't agree with you more Werewolf Girl. A very sad story that needs to be brought to everybody's attention.

 

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And yet so many will read this and still drink a glass of milk, or adorn their cereal with it.


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Found the original report and shared it on the parenting forum where I hang out. I think some of them think I've gone mad since I've cut out dairy so maybe it will get some of the Mums thinking.

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Just going to post the link to the story here, incase anyone else wants to share it.

The 'actual' report is here.

It's really a lesson in perspectives when you read both stories.


 

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This is why it infuriates me with those "Got Milk"? Ads They think their being cute.... meanwhile I know who doesn't got milk ....
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Just going to post the link to the story here, incase anyone else wants to share it.


The 'actual' report is here.


It's really a lesson in perspectives when you read both stories.



 

"“Residents in the area of Sunshine Dairy Farm may notice loud noises coming from the dairy cows at all hours of the day and night. We’ve been informed that the cows are not in distress and that the noises are a normal part of farming practices.”

That part was INFURIATING. It may be a "normal" part of farming practices but that doesn't make it ethical, and how can they say the cows are not in distress when they CLEARLY are? mad.gif



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This is why it infuriates me with those "Got Milk"? Ads They think their being cute.... meanwhile I know who doesn't got milk ....

Exactly. As hard as it is we have to remember that most people really have no idea that this is what happens so they can have dairy, I know I didn't have a clue and was horrified when I found out. All people ever see are cute ads about strong bones and happy cows.That's why it's important to share share share.

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"“Residents in the area of Sunshine Dairy Farm may notice loud noises coming from the dairy cows at all hours of the day and night. We’ve been informed that the cows are not in distress and that the noises are a normal part of farming practices.”

That part was INFURIATING. It may be a "normal" part of farming practices but that doesn't make it ethical, and how can they say the cows are not in distress when they CLEARLY are? mad.gif
 

Yeah, that's something I'm learning every time I read another story about animals....

"Normal" or "standard practices" don't equal "ethical" or "humane" practices.

I think the best idea (and really it was Joan Kennedy who got me thinking about it) is for there to be more studies into how cows feel about all of this. We can measure their emotions, or close enough to, so if they could find out whether the cows are actually feeling distressed (and for how long they feel distressed) following the removal of their babies.

I've heard of the story about the cow who had a calf, the baby was taken away from her, but for a number of days she was still without milk. They found a second calf, that she'd actually had hidden and had been feeding. More stories like that? There won't be enough 'Got Milk' ads in the world to convince people.

 

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People don't get that animals are sentient beings like us and feel pain and mourn loss just like we do.  I remember when I was a kid we went deep sea fishing off the coast of Galviston, Texas.  I was just a little kid.  I was feeling upset that everyone was catching fish except me.  Then when I finally caught one, I saw how much I hurt it and I cried.  For years my family told that as a supposedly humorous story about the little boy who cried over a fish.  However, looking back I understand that my reaction was authentic.  I hadn't learned the adult ways of being callous toward suffering.  I saw real pain and the loss of life that I had inflicted and I reacted accordingly. 

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Just another act of the dairy industry to brainwash the public into thinking everything is okay. Every time I see a milk commercial I cringe at the pure ignorance that it is centered around.
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Normal farming practices...just part of the process....there, there, just hold your ears and forget about it all...

 

This is a deeply disturbing story. 

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Normal farming practices...just part of the process....there, there, just hold your ears and forget about it all...

This is a deeply disturbing story. 

Agreed. sad.gif

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How people can read about things like this and not be moved to at least advocate for better treatment is beyond me?

 

The got milk? ads can be annoying but the one's that really annoy me are the "Happy cows from california" ones

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