To the Editor:
As I think about Mother's Day and its cherished bond between mother and child, my mind wanders to dairy cows – worldwide symbols of motherhood – who never get to see or nurture their own babies.
Newborn calves are torn from their mothers at birth and turned into veal cutlets, so we can drink the milk designed for them. The grief-stricken mothers bellow for days, hoping in vain for their return.
Most dairy cows spend their lives chained on a concrete floor with no access to the outdoors. Each year, they are impregnated artificially to maintain production, and milked by machines twice a day.
When production drops, at about 4 years old, they are ground into hamburgers.
Dairy products are laden with cholesterol, saturated fats, hormones, pathogens and antibiotics, leading to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Most adults even lack the enzyme for digesting dairy products. Humans are the only creatures drinking milk of another species.
Around Mother's Day, let's honor motherhood and our natural compassion for animals by rejecting dairy industry's cruelty and disease. Let's replace cow's milk and its products with delicious, healthful, cruelty-free plant-based milk, cheese and ice cream products offered by our supermarket.