So recently I came across a post Gemma Collins posted replicating a shot Kim Kardashian did a while back. Gemma’s post was aiming to empower the larger woman whilst inadvertently advertising milk.
Photo taken from Gemma Collins Instagram transforming into her icon Kim Kardashian
The original image of Kim K
So I thought sod it! I’m gonna do my own with plant based milk! Sex sells. FACT. So why not use it to do some good, raise awareness and maybe even feel a little sexy in the process?! My choice of milk on this occasion was soya. Not my favourite, may I add (almond is my fave). I don’t quite have the pulling power of Kim Kardashian or Gemma Collins for that matter. Not even close. But even if one person reads this blog post linked to my picture and second guesses whether their milk consumption is an ethical choice or not and then of course realises it isn’t, then that’s mission completed if you ask me!
Got Vegan Milk?? My take on the picture. Excuse the arms I got them back-to-front 🙄
So why is milk not an ethical choice might you be thinking? Well I used to think this too. After all it’s just milk, right? Nobody was harmed in the process, right? WRONG! The dairy industry is just as cruel, if not more so than the meat industry!! So put down that cup of tea with milk or that cheese sandwich and find out why…
Firstly a female cow needs to be pregnant in order to produce milk just like the human female. In order to do this a farmer uses a device that the industry calls a “rape rack.” To impregnate a cow, a person jams his or her arm far into the cow’s rectum in order to locate and position the uterus and then forces an instrument into her vagina. The cow is defenseless to stop this violation. It is essentially rape!
Cows carry their calf for 9 Months the same as a human female would. Once their calf is born they are given two days or less with their baby until a farmer will come and take their calf away from them. This causes mother and baby extreme distress and anxiety and often depression. The maternal bond between a cow and her calf is very strong, much like a human mothers. Cows can often be heard calling out for their calves for days after they are taken. Under natural circumstances, the calf would suckle for anywhere between six months and a year. Like humans, cows produce milk for the benefit of their children and therefore only lactate for around ten to thirteen months after they have given birth. The cows are therefore re-impregnated approximately 60 days after giving birth to continue the cycle of milk production. In addition, the cows continue to be milked whilst pregnant; a process which causes them extreme discomfort.
Do you see a pattern here? Humans and cows we’re not all that different! You will probably think I’m a bit of a weirdo for saying this but after I gave birth to my boy I really wanted to breastfeed but we struggled massively with it. I ended up getting thrush of the nipple causing it to bleed and weap with puss. I would wince in terror every time my boy needed feeding. I couldn’t stop thinking this is how it must feel for these poor mother cows and I would get really upset about it. More often than not their nipples become sore and infected due to their over-use. I had to make the decision to stop breastfeeding as it became too painful and stressful. These cows can’t say stop, they can’t do anything. They are treated like machines. My heart aches for them.
Their male calves are destined to end up in cramped crates or barren feedlots craving their mothers warmth, where they’ll be fattened for veal and beef, and females are sentenced to the same sad fate as their mothers. Being impregnated over and over again where the relentless cycle never ends.
After their calves have been taken away, mother cows are hooked up to milking machines two or more times a day. Artificial insemination, genetic engineering, milking regimens, and drugs are all used to force them to produce even more milk—the average cow today produces more than four times as much milk as a cow in 1950 did—despite the detrimental effects that this has on their bodies and their health. Once the dairy cows are so worn out that they have produced all the milk they can, they are sent to slaughter, usually at around four or five years of age; the average natural lifespan for a cow could be as long as 25 years. Their meat often ends up in low-grade burgers or pet foods.
Please do not tell me you’re a feminist if you consume dairy because no feminist would consume food that’s a product of rape. When you know better, you do better. Go vegan—for mothers, for sisters, for daughters, and for all females whose bodies are exploited.
Peace & Love