To the editor:
If you feel bad for the mother cows at Sunshine Dairy Farm who were heard crying out for their babies, then do something to help other sentient animals: Go vegan (”Strange noises turn out to be cows missing their calves,” Oct. 23).
Cows, like chickens, pigs and other farmed animals, form strong family ties and grieve when they’re separated from their loved ones. But in today’s factory farms, cows are artificially impregnated over and over again so that they’ll provide a steady supply of milk. Their babies are taken from them shortly after they’re born so that humans can have the milk that was meant for the calves.
In “An Anthropologist on Mars,” Dr. Oliver Sacks wrote of a visit he and livestock industry expert and advisor Dr. Temple Grandin made to a dairy farm, and of the great tumult of bellowing they heard: “They must have separated the calves from the cows this morning,” Temple said, and, indeed, this was what had happened. We saw one cow outside the stockade, roaming, looking for her calf, and bellowing. “That’s not a happy cow,” Temple said. “That’s one sad, unhappy, upset cow. She wants her baby. Bellowing for it, hunting for it. She’ll forget for a while, then start again. It’s like grieving, mourning — not much written about it. People don’t like to allow them thoughts or feelings.”
But cows and other animals do have thoughts and feelings, and if you consume meat and dairy products, you support the cruel industry practices that cause them to suffer. You can help animals by choosing soy, rice or almond milk and other vegan foods rather than meat and dairy products. For more information and free vegan recipes and product suggestions, please visit www.PETA.org.
The PETA Foundation