As an animal lover, I have been a vegetarian for many years. The only animal products that I would eat were milk and honey. I followed a typical Indian diet that was high in fruits, dairy, rice and dal. In Hinduism, cows are a special animal, so many Indian dishes are made with dairy-especially desserts. However, when I was in my 20s, and my menstrual cramps started to become unbearable, I cut milk out of my diet.
It was a difficult transition to make, but I felt like I had no choice. Instantly, the cramps were gone. During the months I refrained from drinking milk, I had mild periods. When I would "slip," the extreme pain would return. Once, it was so painful that I was paralyzed in bed all morning.
I started to look into what's in our milk. Canadian dairy cows can legally be fed steroids, antibiotics, and even food containing animal parts. In fact, the Ontario government recommends feeding dairy cattle up to half a kilogram of tallow per day. Tallow is a common source of fat for dairy cows. Milk can also contain trace amounts of pesticides. This is all information I gathered freely from Canadian government websites.
Then I read Mad Cowboy, an exposé written by former American cattle rancher Howard F. Lyman, which was all the more shocking than anything on any government site. He reveals that although cattle are no longer fed other cattle due to FDA regulations, they regularly munch on ground horse, chickens, and the blood and fecal matter of their own species. Inedible parts of slaughtered animals, along with road kill and euthanized pets, are dumped into giant grinders , cooked (so that the fat rises to the top and can be skimmed for use in cosmetics), dried, and pulverized into powdered "concentrate" for livestock feed. A quarter of this concentrate is composed of fecal matter. There is no animal too diseased, cancerous, or putrid to be ground.