According to a survey by the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, 7 percent of American adults believe that chocolate milk comes from brown cows.
Around 1,000 American adults were asked where chocolate milk came from, and 48 percent of them admitted to not being sure. Seriously. This isn’t a joke. We swear.
For the record, chocolate milk is just regular milk mixed with chocolate syrup or cocoa powder.
But if so many American adults are in the dark about where their chocolate milk comes from, it should come as no surprise that many also don’t know that cows have to be pregnant or have just given birth to produce milk. Like all mammals, cows lactate for their babies.
Americans are far removed from where their food comes from. Many of us don’t have a factory farm anywhere near our home. So we’re going to open the doors and give you a glimpse into life for cows exploited for dairy.
First off, cows on dairies endure artificial insemination, a highly invasive and stressful procedure. After carrying their babies for nine months—just like humans—mother cows give birth.
This is when the real tragedy begins.
Newborn calves are taken away from their mothers within hours of birth. After being forcibly separated from their calves, cows often bellow for hours or even days, pacing and searching for them.
Male calves are killed for veal, and females are raised to produce more milk. The cycle of abuse for females lasts about five years until they are considered “spent” and sent to slaughter.
Remember, knowledge is power. Join the millions taking a stand against this cruel industry by switching to a compassionate vegan diet.
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