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Truth about Milk

 •There is no reason to drink cows’ milk at any time in your life

 

 •Cows produce milk for the same reasons as humans do. To nourish their babies

 

 •Cows are repeatedly impregnated in order to produce the most milk possible

 

 •Their calves are torn away from them, usually within hours of birth

 

 •Milk based foods are also hazardous to human health & have been linked to a long list of illnesses including       Osteoporosis

 

 •On dairy farms cows are forced to produce 10 times as much milk as they would do naturally

 

•Cows udders often hurt and become so heavy they sometimes drag on the ground, often resulting in   infections and over use of antibiotics

 

 •In the UK, many male calves are shot and killed because they are of no use to dairy producers. Others are   sent to veal farms in Europe, where they are kept inside tiny dark stalls for several months and then   slaughtered for their anaemic flesh

 

 •Nearly 20% of cows are at least partially lame because of the confinement they endure and the strain of being kept pregnant continuously and forced to produce unnatural quantities of milk

 

 •Milk based foods contain no fibre or complex carbohydrates and are laden with saturated fat and cholesterol

 

 •Milk based foods are often contaminated with cows’ blood and pus as well as pesticides and antibiotics

 

 •Milk & milk based foods have been linked to allergies, constipation, obesity, heart disease, cancer, arthritis, Crohn’s disease, gallstones, kidney stones, food poisoning MS, migraines and other serious health conditions

 

 •Milk and dairy foods can actually increase the risk of developing osteoporosis instead of preventing it!

 

 •More than half the global adult population is intolerant to a sugar called lactose found in cows’ milk, which shows how unnatural drinking cows’ milk is.

 

 •Cows’ are milked twice daily and are forced to produce as much as 50 litres of milk per day. A calf would  naturally suckle 5 or 6 times a day resulting in a far lesser amount being stored in the udders, avoiding lameness from an unnatural stance

 

 •More than half of UK dairy cows go lame each year and many suffer from laminitis- an agonising inflammation of the feet

 

 •Cows’ would naturally live for as long as 25 years but, by the time they reach 5 on modern farms, they are likely to be physically exhausted, and may be lame and infertile.

 

 •These worn out animals are taken to a slaughterhouse to be made into cheap meat products

 

 •Zero-grazed animals are almost permanently confined in barren sheds

 

 •Milk from other animals, such as goats and sheep, is produced in a similar way to cows’, with most goats and a growing number of sheep being zero-grazed

 

 •Cows’ milk contains powerful hormones that spur the rapid growth of calves

 

 •A combination of stored milk, blood, and tissue can result in an udder weighing up to 75kg. The strain on a cow’s legs is enormous and can lead to agonising sole ulcers

 

 •There is no mothers milk for baby calves, just commercial milk- replacer

 

 •When female calves are 15 months old, artificial insemination begins – as does their gruelling life as a milk machine

 

 •Milk is neither the only or the best source of calcium and has little effect on bone strength. Good sources   include: green leafy vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, bok choi, watercress etc.), pulses, (e.g. soya beans,     chickpeas, broad beans, baked beans), parsnips, swede, turnips, some nuts such as almonds, brazils,

hazelnuts, pistachio & some fruits (dried figs, currants) and olives – and exceptionally high are sesame seeds.

 

 •Allergies, acne, asthma, colic, eczema and ear infections may all have some link with dairy, as can childhood anaemia because of the intestinal bleeding it can cause. Childhood diabetes (type 1) is increasing dramatically. Milk and cows’ milk formulae can be triggers. Type 2 diabetes once only affected only adults but is now skyrocketing in children. The more dairy (cheese, butter, milk) and meat kids eat, the higher the risk.

 

 •Milk, yogurt, cream, butter, & cheese are usually 50-65% bad fats which are linked to many serious diseases

 

 •1 in 8 women in the UK now develops breast cancer. In rural China it is 1 in 10,000. The difference is almost entirely due to diet and lifestyle – not genes. A study of 80,000 women in the USA has shown that dairy eaters have double the risk of ovarian cancer

 

 •Heart disease and strokes are big killers in men and women in the UK and the fats, cholesterol and protein in meat and dairy carry much of the blame  

 

 •The dairy industry causes the needless death of thousands of badgers.

 

 •Goats milk contains almost as much lactose as cows’ milk.

 

  •Goats milk has a higher level of saturated fat content in comparison to cows.

 

 •Cows, like humans carry their babies for 9 months before giving birth, as soon as their milk supply depletes, they are re-impregnated.

 

 •Milk for human consumption can legally contain up to 400 million pus cells per litre. Pus is a product of the cows almost constant fight against bacterial invasion and some of it finds its way into their milk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What you can do:

•There are many types of non-dairy milk such as – soya, hemp, rice, coconut, oat, almond, hazelnut, quinoa, cashew

•Non-dairy versions of cheese, yogurt, ice cream, margarine, sour cream, coffee creamer, whipped cream and others

•They taste great, many are a good source of calcium and their production doesn’t hurt animals

•If you see milk, whey or lactose as an ingredient on a food product, contact the company and ask for them to replace it with a cruelty free version.

 

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