Is Dairy Farming Cruel to Bright and Emotional Cows?
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FROM Marc Bekoff, Psychology Today/Animal Emotions
January 2021

Science shows that 'dairy farming" is abusive and clearly violates the Five Freedoms and decency.

Cow face
Source: Jan Koetsier/Pexels

A recent essay in the New York Times by Andrew Jacobs called "Is Dairy Farming Cruel to Cows?" has generated a lot of interest because more and more people in the general public—not only pro-animal advocates and activists—are deeply concerned with the emotional well-being of so-called "food animals" and the dire environmental and ecological effects on our planet of industrialized food in general.

It also focused on a somewhat unique farm on upstate New York that is not at all representative of the horrific conditions in which the vast majority of dairy cows are kept. For these reasons and others, I'm pleased to offer this guest essay by Dotsie Bausch, Olympic medalist and founder of Switch4Good, about the current state of dairy and dairy cows who science has clearly shown to be highly intelligent, sentient, and deeply feeling animals.


The jury is no longer out, and there is no room left for guilt-driven and other justifications. Dairy is cruel to animals, the planet, and our health. Alternatives are widely available, and it’s time to give healthier and delicious non-dairy options a try. It's a winning situation all around—for our magnificent planet, other animals, and ourselves....


Please read the ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE (PDF).

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