Gripping glasses of “milk” as “blood” ran down their hands, a group of black-cloaked PETA supporters wearing cow masks descended on Sydney’s Darling Harbour on the eve of Halloween to expose the horrors of the dairy industry.
Spirit-world spookiness has nothing on dairy farms, where cows are forcibly impregnated, separated from their babies, and sent to face the slaughter knife after their milk production has waned.
Because male calves are useless to dairy farmers, they’re taken from their mothers when they’re less than a day old. Many are confined to pens, longing for the comfort of their mothers until they’re trucked to slaughter for veal. Every year in Australia, 400,000 calves who are less than 30 days old endure long, stressful journeys to abattoirs and are killed.
Mother cows have been known to wail for their calves for days after separation, and male calves miss their mothers so much that they will suckle the fingers of abattoir workers moments before they’re killed.
Thankfully, the truth about the dairy industry is getting out – and people are changing their habits as a result. Dairy sales are drying up as plant-based milks, ice creams, cheeses, and yogurts fly off the shelves. The way people view animals and food is changing faster than ever before.
So, are you ready to Hallowean yourself off milk? Take our 30-day vegan pledge now, and we’ll send you tips, recipes, and other important information to help you stop being haunted by the ghastliness of the dairy industry.