With the phrases “Wean Yourself”, “Dairy Is Cruel”, and “Not Your Mum, Not Your Milk” stencilled on their bare torsos, a group of PETA activists in Sydney protested cruelty to mothers in the dairy industry.
The action came as Australia prepares to celebrate Mother’s Day. But for cows in the dairy industry, motherhood is exploited, not celebrated.
Just like us, cows carry their babies for approximately nine months. But when they’re born, calves on dairy farms are typically torn away from their mothers and shot in the head, bludgeoned to death, or prepared for transport to an abattoir – all so that the milk nature intended for them can be drunk by humans instead.
In today’s dairy industry, cows are forcibly impregnated every year of their short lives. They often wail for their babies for days after separation, and experienced cows have been known to try hiding their babies from humans in order to save them.
With their bold protest, these activists – some of whom are mothers themselves – remind us that motherly love is felt by millions of grieving cows.
Please honour mothers this Mother’s Day by ditching dairy. Supermarket shelves in Australia are filling up with creamy milks, yoghurts, cheeses, and ice creams made from soybeans, almonds, coconuts, oats, rice, and more.
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