We all know that countless cows find themselves served up as food, millions upon millions suffering endless and egregious abuse and torture along the way to human forks, knives, spoons, plates, and glasses. While many people are working hard to end this unnecessary abuse, the reprehensible practices of factory farms continue worldwide.
Many people deny that cows and other "food animals" are sentient beings, or at least they act as if this is so. How they can do this given what we now know from detailed scientific research is beyond me. Cows are mammals, just like dogs, and all mammals (and of course many other animals) are known to experience a wide range of emotions. Skeptics also wrongly claim that because cows are "dumb," they don't experience deep and rich emotions. Of course, cows are not dumb, and the entailment between intelligence and the capacity to suffer is thoroughly illogical and unsupported (see for example, "Do 'Smarter' Dogs Really Suffer More than 'Dumber' Mice?" and "The Birds and the Bees and Their Brains: Size Doesn't Matter").