I can’t tell you how many times I get asked, “Why vegan? Why not just vegetarian?” I guess vegetarianism would be easier, right? Well, no. Not for me. I can’t stomach the thought of male baby chicks being ground up alive because they are useless in the egg industry just as much as I can’t bear the thought of eating my animal friends.
Too many people do not understand the harsh, eye-opening facts that surround the dairy industry – eggs to milk. So hey, here’s some disgusting food for thought. Here are 10 reasons why I choose vegan, not vegetarian.
#1: Like all mothers, female cows only produce milk while pregnant and for their young. So what happens when the milk supply is over? They forcefully impregnate them. And again. And again. All the while, ripping their baby away each time. When a cow can’t get pregnant anymore, then what? They don’t retire to a nice pasture. They are slaughtered. The life of a dairy slave.
#2: According to Milk Is Cruel, “Dairy cows are hooked by their udders to electronic milking machines that can cause the cows to suffer electrical shocks, painful lesions, and mastitis.” Nope, a farmer in a straw hat is not gently milking the cows that produce your morning glass of milk.
#3: This type of machinery is not gentle, which can cause cows to bleed and pus into the milk supply. And if you think you are not drinking this shit, you are sorely mistaken.
#4: Male chicks are considered useless in the egg industry, not being able to produce eggs and not suitable for meat production. So guess what? They are eliminated by being gassed, ground up alive or thrown into plastic bags or dumpsters. I know, I can’t stomach this, either.
#5: Over 90% of U.S. dairy cows are confined indoors, with more than 60% tethered by the neck inside barren stalls. That is not how a cow should be living it’s precious life.
#6: To avoid excessive pecking in close living quarters, hens are “debeaked.” Yeah, a part of their beaks are cut off while they are alive.
#7: A cow’s natural lifespan is about 25 years. A dairy cow? Only 4-5 years.
#8: Chicks will never meet or see their mother. This PETA article sums up this brutality.
#9: Once a hen stops producing eggs, they are considered “spent”. Once this happens, hens are either killed for their meat or force molted. Force molting means that they are kept in complete darkness without food or water to shock their systems into another egg laying cycle. WTF.
Milk and scrambled eggs may be breakfast to you, but slavery and death to others. Think about the others.