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Kindness Starts on Kids' Plates

From Taylor Wolfram, Mothers Against Dairy
October 2023

I donít think you need to be vegan to understand that the connection between mother and baby is exceptionally special and powerful and that any rupture to this relationship can be extremely traumatic. And once we have this ďa-haĒ realization that mother-baby relationships across species really arenít that different, we can empathize. And with empathy comes compassion. When we know better, we can do better. And donít our children deserve better?

mother-child cow-calf

Iíve been an ethical vegan for about a decade and a half, so I have held strong beliefs about the dairy industry for quite some time. What happens to mother and baby cows in the dairy industry is absolutely vile and heart wrenching. I didnít think I could feel more strongly about this topic, but that all changed when I had a baby of my own whom I have had the pleasure of breastfeeding.

I want to share this with you because I donít think you need to be vegan to understand that the connection between mother and baby is exceptionally special and powerful and that any rupture to this relationship can be extremely traumatic.

And once we have this ďa-haĒ realization that mother-baby relationships across species really arenít that different, we can empathize. And with empathy comes compassion.

Cows and Their Babies

First letís get clear on what itís like for cows to exist ďnaturally.Ē I put that in quotes because, what does that word even mean anymore? What I mean here is how cows behave when they arenít being farmed by humans. 

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