Petitions like this: ISLAND farms Dairy
By signing this petition you are letting Island farms AND the government of Canada know that you no longer tolerate this cruelty.
Stop the abuse. Boycott. Raise awareness..
Rape? Pregnant with milk? Chained down!!
Statement: Dairy cows on factory farms do not produce milk naturally. These kind creatures are raped in order to be artificial inseminated. Once pregnant, the cows will begin to produce milk, however to get as much product as possible, they are hooked up to machines which painfully pump milk from them each day. There is no escape. Cows are often chained down in order to prevent much movement. This is how they live their entire lives. They never see the light of day.
Fact: Cows are NOT raped. Seriously.. rape is the forceful mating that a species does upon another. Its done with malice. Cows are not raped. They are bred when they are in heat (as that's when they will conceive).
This is the definition of rape: unlawful sexual activity and usually sexual intercourse carried out forcibly or under threat of injury against the will usually of a female or with a person who is beneath a certain age or incapable of valid consent. Cows.. .not being raped. Bred yes, raped no.
Cows DO NOT produce milk when they are bred. They produce milk after their calf has been born. :)
Milk machines are NOT painful for cows. In fact cows will bawl in order to be milked. They prefer being milked to having their calves suck their udders because milk machines don't bang or hit them, they simply draw the milk out that the cow lets down.
Cows are often chained in their stalls.. particularly during the winter months, and then let out during the rest of the year during the day. Factory farms though tend not to have their cows tied in sanctions as it's simply not cost effective to do so. Cows will live in free stall barns and be brought to a milking parlour to be milked 2-4 times per day. Free stall barns allow cows to move around, rest, and be fed freely. Being given a supplement during milking time to keep them in peak shape.
Removal of calves, insane mothers?
My Response: This is PATENTLY untrue. Calves DO NOT have spikes strung through their nose to prevent them from suckling the cow. A weaned, mature heifer that wants to suck from other heifers might have an anti-sucking halter put on, to teach her not to suck the other heifers (or herself for that matter) but not for calves.
Calves are, in the dairy world, removed from their mothers at birth. Most of the time cows don't even notice. Why? Because if the cow only cared for her baby, she would quickly get mastitis from the calf not being able to drink all her milk. Cows are bred to produce milk and can, at this stage in the domestication of them, produce more milk than their calf can drink. Farmers will ensure that the calf gets the colostrum from the cow that it needs for optimal health. :)
Cows do not scream for the calves. They will sometimes call for them but they don't scream and as I said previously, they often times don't even really notice. Growing up on a dairy farm I never saw a cow sway from side to side in distress. I've had cows follow me up the barn as I carried their calf. I've seem them once we are in the barn ignore the calf and go to their stall and wait to be milked. I've seen the occasional cow go into the wrong stall when she sees where her calf is. And so you leave her be. Cow gets milked, goes on with her life. Her calf is fed and cared for. As for cows going insane? Sorry.. .but I'd really like to see proof of an insane cow... insane from having her calf removed from her.
Cows are NOT people. They deserve good care, but they are indeed cows and shouldn't have human emotions attached to them. Can you see the size of this dairy cows udder? Do you really think that her calf will be able to empty that udder at least twice a day? If it could, it would not be healthy for that calf to have a belly so bloated with milk
My response: I would like to know where they get that sort of information. Calves are worth money... even if you sell day old bull calves to a fellow raising them for the veal market... the calves are well able to walk by then. And they aren't be murdered. Murder is something that a member of a species does to another member of it's species. They aren't being murdered (sensationalist wording that is). Bull calves are worth selling or feeding up for the meat market. Not all calves go for veal. Not all calves are killed when just a baby. They aren't tiny infants!!!!!
This petition is aimed at Island Farms
There may be some cruel farmers out there... but they are the exception not the rule. Let's not malign our food providers.