All About Animals Used for Food

Cows

Cows

Ever looked into the big brown eyes of a cow? They’re enough to make your heart melt!

Black and White Cow in Pasture

Cows are intelligent, friendly animals who don’t want to be made into hamburgers or steaks. So why are humans still eating them?

In order to make them grow more quickly, cows on factory farms are pumped full of hormones and antibiotics that are illegal in many countries. They’re also dehorned—which means that farmers remove their sensitive horn tissue or the horns themselves using hot irons, chemicals, or hand saws—and branded without being given any pain relief.

Did you know that cows are actually a lot like us? They play games, hold grudges, and form lasting friendships. Cows are also excellent mothers who are very loving and protective of their calves—they even take turns babysitting for each other! And despite their size, cows have been known to jump fences to search for lost calves. Oh, yeah, and that milk that they make—it’s for their babies, not for you!

Mother and Baby Cow

Cows used for their milk are seen as nothing more than milk-making machines. They are pumped full of growth hormones to increase milk production, but they’re not built to make that much milk, so they get painful infections.

Male calves are a “byproduct” of the dairy industry. They are often taken from their mothers on the day that they’re born. Calves used for veal are kept in tiny crates that are so small that they can’t even turn around. After a few short months of this horrible life, they are killed.

Close Up of Cow's Face Jo-Anne McArthur | We Animals

Changed your mind about beef and dairy products? Thought so!

There are lots of meat and dairy alternatives available in most local grocery stores. (You can even get meatless meatballs!) Ask your parents to look for Boca or Gardein beefless burgers and soy or almond milk. Love cheese and don’t think you can give it up? Sure you can! Try Daiya vegan cheese slices, wedges, and shreds.

For more information on how you can help cows, check out A Cow’s Life online!

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