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Blake Shelton Taught Jimmy Fallon How to Milk a Cow. Here’s What He Forgot to Mention…

This week on The Tonight Show, country star Blake Shelton tried to teach comedian Jimmy Fallon how to milk a cow. The video short was meant to be comical, but the truth is there’s nothing funny about dairy or the dairy industry.

Cows on dairy farms live in overcrowded, filthy sheds or lots. Also, like all mammals, a cow must be pregnant or have just given birth to produce milk. When her calf is born, the baby is almost immediately stolen from her so her milk can be sold. If the calf is male, he is sent off to a veal farm where he will be chained inside a crate so tiny he can barely move and slaughtered in weeks. If the calf is female, she is kept and raised for dairy.

A 2014 Mercy For Animals undercover investigation at Andrus Dairy, the supplier to one of the largest cheese producers in the country, showed extreme animal abuse and neglect.


Cows on dairy farms are repeatedly and forcibly impregnated. Constantly giving birth takes a toll on the animals. After about four or five years, the dairy industry considers a cow “spent. At that point she is violently slaughtered, likely for ground beef. A cow’s natural lifespan is around 25 years.

There’s nothing cutesy or sweet about dairy. It’s just cruel and unnecessary. It’s also unhealthy.

The industry spends millions of dollars a year to convince consumers that they need milk for calcium. The truth is that milk has actually been linked to diseases like cancer. For every two glasses of cow’s milk consumed daily, the risk of prostate cancer increases by 60 percent. Women who switch from dairy to soy products reduce their risk of breast cancer by a shocking 43 percent.

And you can get calcium and loads of other nutrients from delicious plant-based sources like almond milk, tofu, and kale.

Thankfully, milk consumption has fallen a whopping 40 percent in the U.S. while sales of nondairy milk alternatives have soared by 30 percent since 2011.

You can join the millions ditching dairy by switching to a healthy and compassionate vegan diet.

Click here for tips on how to make the transition to a cruelty-free lifestyle.