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Dirty secret of dairy farms<br><br><br><br>
I know some vegetarians eat dairy products and drink milk but if you know about reality of dairy farms, you don't want to continue buying dairy products.<br><br><br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.farmsanctuary.com/media/pr_mario.htm" target="_blank">www.farmsanctuary.com/media/pr_mario.htm</a><br><br><a href="http://www.buzzle.com/editorials/10-1-2003-46048.asp" target="_blank">www.buzzle.com/editorials/10-1-2003-46048.asp</a><br><br><br><br>
Andy's Story<br><br><br><br>
One fine Spring day, just before Mother's Day two years ago, little Andy was born. A beautiful baby calf, weighing only 30 pounds. His large doe like eyes looked to his mother for the first time.<br><br><br><br>
A young girl had gotten her first job working part-time after at a dairy farm near the U.S. - Canada border. When Andy's mom began to give birth, it was the first time she'd ever witnessed anything born. She was in tears when the baby came - and then to her horror, the farmer took Andy and threw him behind a barn, on top of a "dead pile" of other baby calves who were taken away from their mothers at birth, at let to die.<br><br>
she couldn't believe what she saw.<br><br>
The young girl quickly called her favorite teacher the one who helped her get her the job.<br><br>
Her teacher came over to the farm and with help of the young girl, they snatched baby Andy off of the pile of calves and put him in the backseat of her car.<br><br>
They didn't know what to do with a little calf, still covered afterbirth, umbilical cord still dangling from the pink tummy - so they called Safe Heaven in state of CA for help.<br><br>
To make long story short. Andy was saved but what this brave young girl witnessed is what happens every day on nearly every dairy farm across the country - calves are either thrown away like garbage, because they have no value, or they are enslaved in small crates to be sold for veal slaughter. You see, calves are the "by products" of the dairy industry - to give milk. Dairy cows must be kept pregnant. There are no magical milking cows or hormones that can be given to make them milk. They are you or me--mammals who must e pregnant to develop milk to feed their young.<br><br><br><br>
The reason veal flesh is light pink vs red is because the calves are generally fed a milk substitute intentionally lacking in iron and other essential nutrients. This diet keeps the animals anemic and creates the pale pink or white color considered desirable in veal.<br><br>
Craving iron, the calves will try and lick urine-saturated parts of their hutchs and any metalix parts of their stalls. Farmer also withhold water from the animals, who always thirsty, are driven to drink a large quantity of the high-fat liquid.<br><br>
Because the calves are forced to live such unnatural lives, they are susceptible to a long list of diseases, including chronic pneumonia and scours, or constant diarrhea.<br><br>
Consequently, they must be given massive doses of antibiotics and other drugs just to keep them alive. The antibiotics are passed on to consumers in the meat.<br><br>
About 14 weeks after theri birth, the veal calf is slaughtered.<br><br>
Veal calves are usually boys, because female calves are raised to replace spent milkers" the heifers who have given birth so often, they can no longer even stand. Many die before being shipped off to slaughter and are lifted by tractor or forklift-even live- to the slaughter truck.<br><br><br><br>
The pain and suffering that goes into a glassed of milk or a slice of cheese pizza isn't worth it. Andy was saved - but literally millions of calves and cows suffer and die everyday.<br><br>
You can start making a difference today by where you spend your consumer dollars.
 
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