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Viral Video Exposing Dairy Industry Gets 5 Million Views on YouTube

According to VegNews, the viral video created by vegan activist Erin Janus in 2015 titled Dairy Is Scary hit 5 million views on YouTube.

The video is just over five minutes long and gives viewers a high-level analysis of the inherent cruelty involved in dairy factory farming.

In an interview, Janus told VegNews:
I was inspired to make the video after being horrified for years at the standard practices that go on within the dairy industry. I hope it will continue to wake viewers up to the hidden atrocities behind the milk that is produced from the grieving animal mothers of an industry that has so much to hide.

At dairy farms, cows are treated as mere milk-producing machines. While it may seem obvious, many people don’t consider that cows must be pregnant or have just given birth to produce milk. Calves are conceived through forcible insemination, a highly invasive and stressful procedure.

After carrying their babies for nine months—just like humans—cows give birth. Newborn calves are typically taken from their mothers within just hours. Understandably, this forced separation causes the mothers to bellow for hours or days; they even pace and search in vain for their stolen calves. This heartbreak happens at every dairy farm.

Case in point: In 2013, locals in Newbury, Massachusetts, called the police because of crying they heard from a nearby dairy farm. Upon investigation, authorities discovered the cries had come from mourning mothers whose newborns had been ripped away from them.

Science has proved that the mother-child bond is not exclusive to humans. Imagine the anguish and stress mother cows endure—giving birth over and over again only to have their babies torn away.

Male calves are killed for veal, and females are raised to produce more milk, just like their mothers. The cycle of abuse for cows lasts about five years until they are considered “spent and sent to slaughter.

Tragic, right? Watch.


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