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I'm on the email list for Democracy For America, which is Howard Dean's political action committee. Since he's the chairman of the Democratic Party, it's a pretty powerful group. I received an email today talking about how they're trying to go carbon neutral by investing in a renewable energy project, and they want their members to vote on which project.<br><br><br><br>
One of the projects they're considering supporting is a dairy farm. Here's the link:<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.democracyforamerica.com/energypoll" target="_blank">http://www.democracyforamerica.com/energypoll</a><br><br><br><br>
Everyone go vote against that dairy farm. I added this comment with my vote:<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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I'm very much opposed to the idea of supporting a dairy farm, or any other type of animal farming. Forgetting for a moment just how cruelly the animals on the vast majority of farms are treated, the fact is that animal farming in general is terrible for the environment and our health.<br><br><br><br>
The only reason this methane project is necessary is because cow manure is so bad for the environment. And the only reason that there are enough cows for it to be a problem is the forced breeding that occurs in these types of farms.<br><br><br><br>
And while the dairy industry might have the public deceived into believing that milk is necessary for strong bones, the fact is that cow's milk is just about the least healthy way to get the necessary calcium and vitamin D that we need. That stuff is loaded with cholesterol and saturated fat. Compare that to the soy milk that I drink every day, which has just as much calcium and vitamin D as cow's milk, more of many other good nutrients, and NO cholesterol or saturated fat.<br><br><br><br>
I urge you to reconsider even having this dairy farm on your list of possibilities.</div>
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I'm hoping if they get enough of those types of comments, they'll get the point.<br><br><br><br>
--Fromper<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/juggle.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":juggle:">
 

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"EVERY calf on commercial dairy farms is taken away from his or her mother on the day or within days of birth. This is at great distress to both mother and baby, and they may cry for each other for months. Males typically become veal or cheap meat, females replace their mothers in an endless cycle of yearly forced pregnancies and births until she quickly becomes spent and is then sent off to become hamburger. This happens even on the "good" dairy farms, such as the Wanner Family Farm. Check out <a href="http://www.whyvegan.com" target="_blank">http://www.whyvegan.com</a><br><br><br><br>
I would find supporting the dairy farm a very non-progressive choice, for those who consider themselves conscious.<br><br><br><br>
Furthermore, the pollution that animal farms emit is both extreme (new data shows that eating meat can cause more damage than driving an SUV) and completely unnecessary. These animals only exist because people insist on using captive animals for their meat and products, which is not necessary for nutrition where other foods are available (first world countries) and stunningly cruel."
 
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