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November 20, 2020 - One Green Planet

How the Dairy Industry Has Unnaturally Altered the Life of Cows

How the Dairy Industry Has Unnaturally Altered the Life of Cows
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In the world of animal agriculture, the dairy industry is often considered the lesser of all evils. We are pretty much trained to associate dairy production with happiness. Cow cartoons on yogurt cups are always smiling, California dairy cows have their own commercials where they literally sing and dance with joy. Why wouldn’t have any reason to believe that the life of a dairy cow is anything but fabulous and borderline euphoric?

While we wish that life for dairy cows was truly this way, the reality is much, much bleaker. In the U.S. alone, dairy farms produce about 196 billion gallons of milk a year. To reach these high yields, the dairy industry has transformed into an industrial operation where cows are kept in small, confined areas, continuously impregnated and milked. Today’s factory-farm raised dairy cow produces around 100 pounds of milk a day – that is nearly 10 times more than the average cow would naturally. All these factors combine would hardly make for the elated cows we see on billboards.

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