The Grueling Lives of Dairy Cows
A Meat and Dairy Industries Article from


Animals & Nature
October 2008

They feel love, fear, comfort, and grief. As we do.

Dairy cows are the hardest worked farm animals. And mothers.

The only reason they produce milk is to feed their calves but we steal their milk and deprive their calves of the love and affection, security that is their right as living, breathing creatures.

They suffer abuse, neglect, illness and separation from all the calves they give birth to. Dairy cows living in a happy healthy environment can live for up to 25 years. But because of their hard lives, commercial dairy cows are worn out by 4 or 5 years of age. They are then sent to slaughter, where many cannot even stand up anymore. They are filled with fear, as they smell the blood of others who have had their throats cut, and they struggle to escape when they hear the cries of the other cows.

An absolute grueling life and grueling death, all inhumane and cruel. Cows are sensitive, and are sentient creatures, they deserve respect and compassion.

These farm animals are the forgotten ones. I feel so hurt that there is so little human compassion for them, and it is taken for granted they are just milk machines.

They feel love, fear, comfort, and grief. As we do.

See our Animal Exploitation Photo Gallery to see the truth about how cows are treated for their milk and meat.

The calf photo on these pages is from Farm Sanctuary with our thanks.

Return to The Meat and Diary Industries
Return to Animal Rights Articles

Animal Slaughter Kill Counter:

Number of animals killed in the world by the fishing, meat, dairy and egg industries, since you opened this webpage.

0 marine animals
0 chickens
0 ducks
0 pigs
0 rabbits
0 turkeys
0 geese
0 sheep
0 goats
0 cows / calves
0 rodents
0 pigeons/other birds
0 buffaloes
0 dogs
0 cats
0 horses
0 donkeys and mules
0 camels / camelids