When these machines have pumped dry, cows are permitted one or two short months rest until the long, grueling process begins again. Unless, surely there's hope for those cows who have grown old and infertile? Can they retreat to the comforts of a lush, green field? Not a chance. Dairy farmers brand these cows useless and send them to slaughterhouses only for their meat to be packaged and sold as hamburgers or pet food. Ladies, imagine being dosed to high heaven with antibiotics and growth hormones, forcibly impregnated, compelled to give birth, only to have your child instantly removed from your care. Incomprehensible!
What happens to the calves then? Well unfortunately, female calves share their mothers' fate. Male calves on the other hand can't produce milk. "Yippee, send me packing, I'm free!" Not quite. Because we are a nation which thrives on profit and exploitation, dairy farmers have partnered up with the meat industry to ensure that no cow escapes unscathed. These calves are destined to end up on your plate. "Veal or beef?" asks the waiter. "What's the difference?" Well, veal meat belongs to a calf only a few months old at the time of slaughter. More so, veal calves outside of the EU often spend their lives confined to tiny, cramped crates designed to prohibit exercise and muscle-growth. Calves bred for beef on the other hand reach an age of four or five, max. Consider this: a cow's natural lifespan is around 25 years.