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Know about Milk production companies - Cow and Buffalo and their mercy-"Tear speaks":
In today's world,
- Instead of grazing outdoors every day on fresh grass or straw, cow or buffalo spends most of their time in the heat of the sun, confined or tied in a small stall, in a crowded, noisy barn, standing in their own excreta. They get very little fresh air and exercise resulting in widespread disease.
- Her unnatural diet is optimized to turn her into a cost-efficient milk delivery system.
- She is milked not by hand but by rough, failure-prone machinery. Her huge, swollen udders are often infected and probably a source of chronic pain.
- Her horns are usually removed by cutting, scooping, or gouging.
- No sooner do the dairy cows give birth then the calf is snatched away from them leaving mother cows in tears. Calves are kept deprived of their share of milk.
- Calves are Fed a cheap milk substitute
- Newly born male calves are largely unwanted. They are sent to slaughter, or sent out to fend for themselves. Or they are tied to a pole allowed to die slowly of starvation. Their carcasses are collected to make 'Ahimsic' leather products.
- In the West, they are sold to veal farms at birth, to endure the 14 – 17 weeks before slaughter in isolation in veal crates that prevent movement and are fed an anaemia inducing diet so as to produce the tender white veal meat.
- Some male calves have their stomachs slit soon after birth, while they are still alive, to make rennet for the cheese industry. In India this is supposed to be banned in favor of microbial rennet.
- Female calves are brought up to join their mothers as milk producers.
- Cows may produce milk for two or three years while nursing their calves. In the absence of the calf they die earlier. To keep the milk flowing cows (and buffaloes) are artificially inseminated within 2 months of giving birth. The animal has to produce milk while pregnant. After about 4 pregnancies she must be retired (slaughtered). The average natural life span of a cow is 26 years yet today most live no more than 6 - 8 years.
- Once they stop producing milk, are sent to Slaughterhouse, where they are cut in front of each other.
Do we need more information to call it a mercy?
Yogic concept says that our level of development, physical, mental and spiritual, is highly influenced by the kind of food we eat and it recommends sattvic, healthy diet, which does not entertain any kind of hinsa or violence.
Will it not be a foolish optimism from our sides if we expect even an optimum amount of "Sattvic" and "Healthy" qualities out of today's milk, which come from an ever-tortured cow?
As long as we continue to exploit the cow for her milk and other body products, do you think this slaughter will stop?
There is a possibility that the milk that you are getting may not be the part of these commercial games, but there are equal chances for it to carry all these mercies as well.
So, how do we know then?
Few options that we have with us are,
- To investigate ourselves the quality of milk that we buy.
- To investigate the treatment cows /buffalos receive from whom I get milk.
And if you decide to give up your "milk habit", don't worry-check this out.