There are always rumors on the Internet that if sheep are shaved irregularly, they will die of heat; if they are not regularly milked, their udders will explode.
In fact, under normal circumstances, sheep will not die of heat, but the udders of cows will really explode.
Since the 1970s, 22% of cow's genes have been "programmed" by humans to become more and more idealized.
As "Modern Farmer" pointed out in 2014: "Today's cows are taller, heavier, and more productive, and they have larger udders."
Gene breast augmentation has more than doubled milk production since 40 years ago.
In the United States, an average cow can produce more than 28 liters of milk per day, which is equivalent to nine cartons of milk.
And the world's most famous dairy cow, Holstein dairy cow, its output is even more abnormal, almost three times the industry average.
This also relies on acquired chemical modification techniques, such as injecting some crazy things into their bodies, which can increase production by 15% to 20%.
The udders hanging under the abdomen make the cows bear huge gravity every day, and their standing posture will also change in this posture.
They start to be more clumsy, more numb, more suitable for zero grazing, and are tied up in cramped and cramped cowsheds throughout the year.
The comfort that a cow can taste may be the milking time of 2 to 3 times a day. When the milk volume is highest, it needs to be milked 4 to 5 times a day.
During this period, not expressing milk at least once will cause a lot of pressure to build up in the breast, which will then swell, tear and become painful.
From the blue veins violent, hard as a rock, from the skin burst, breast necrosis, or suffering from mastitis, infection and death.
Even if they survive, the milk produced will be classified as inferior dairy products, and the cow will be classified as a disabled cow.
When dairy cows cannot produce high-quality milk, it means it is useless for the dairy industry.
It was untied and led out of the dark cowshed. The delusion was a gift of mankind. Then it was stuffed into a truck and transported to the slaughterhouse.
Temple Grandin, a professor of animal science at Colorado State University, once said: "These cows are often in the red zone."
"What they did was to put a car in neutral and then throw a brick on the throttle until it exploded."
In order to prevent milk cow udder inflammation, there is a practice that is quite common and has a history of many years.
Putting an open flame under the cow's udder is said to have anti-inflammatory and sterilizing effects.
When humans create unnatural things, they will use unnatural methods to achieve results.
"Practice has shown that it is used to prevent mastitis, but it is really about whether it can produce more milk."
"This is just another example of these animals being treated as milking machines rather than live animals," said Gene Bauer, co-founder and president of the United States Agricultural Reserve.
Cows are not just living creatures, they are gentle animals, full of love, rich in emotion, and smart.
Their emotions and memories are even higher than that of dogs. Mahatma Gandhi once described a cow as "a poem full of sympathy." They will be unhappy when it is cloudy, and they will smile when it is sunny.
It is such a peaceful and peaceful animal that has been imprisoned and abused for life.
Dairy cows produce ridiculous amounts of milk day and night. The reason is the same as that of human beings. They are all to nourish their young.
In order to maintain lactation, cows must continue to breed and give birth, in other words, they are forced to conceive.
When heifers are 13 months old, dairy farmers begin artificial insemination.
After nine months, when a new generation of calves are born, the dairy cow will usher in the highlight of the history of the industry, and it will begin to produce fresh milk for feeding the calves.
But these milks will not be fed into the belly of the calves, they will be made into commodities, tagged with labels, and enter people's stomachs.
Because the time that the newly born calf spends with its mother is pitiful.
Newborn calves are usually separated from their mothers within three days, heifers are sold to the veal industry, and heifers inherit the mother’s occupation.
Throughout the process of milk production, cows need to endure the pain of being forced to conceive again and again, and being taken away from the child again and again.
According to data from the US Department of Agriculture, the average life span of American dairy cows is about 4.8 years, while the natural life span of dairy cows is actually as long as 20 years.
After four years, most dairy cows will have serious illnesses due to unnatural milk production. Then they retire, free from the pressure of milk production and enter the meat industry.
This is an inherent and cruel approach implemented by every dairy farm.
We are animals, not machines
Approximately 250 million cows in the world are desperately producing milk, and one sixth of the milk they produce is discarded or wasted.
Professor Peter Alexander of the School of Global Agriculture and Food Safety at the University of Edinburgh calculated that retailers, distributors and consumers are responsible for approximately 66 million tons of discarded milk, which are discarded during production and distribution.
Dumping excessive milk is very common in the dairy industry. In order to manipulate prices, American dairy farmers even dump tens of millions of liters of milk, and the amount of waste may even be as high as 30%.
Yes, in the name of profit, the dairy farmer dumped the milk that should have been given to the calf into the sewer.
I am reminded of what Peter Singer once said: "The animal factory is another sign that our technological capabilities are more advanced than ethics."
But we must know that all of this is not taken for granted-overeating is not taken for granted, extravagance and waste are not taken for granted, killing and destroying lives beyond need is not taken for granted, and every food industry commodity you eat is not taken for granted.
However, the paradox is that many people at the bottom of the socio-economic food chain are more and more advocating the law of the weak and the jungle in the biological food chain, as if only in this way can they recover the dignity they lost in the lives of citizens.
This violent loss of sympathy and empathy may also be the sorrow as food in the urban jungle.