A Meat and Dairy Article from All-Creatures.org

We wish you a merry...cheeseboard?

From There's an Elephant in the Room blog
December 2023

268 million cows; 257 million sheep; 220.5 million goats; 70 million buffalos; and 8.5 million camels, are exploited each year for human breastfeeding (which includes milk, butter, ice cream, yogurt, chocolate. And cheese.) These numbers take no account of the males sexually violated to provide sperm for artificial insemination or the millions of infants of all species sent to slaughter after their birth has triggered lactation in their mothers.

charcuterie board
Image of a vegan charcuterie board. See MakeItDairyFree.com for recipes and ideas.

In recent times, I have written fewer blogs while concentrating on the Facebook page. There are however, some particularly long posts that lend themselves to to WordPress and this is one of these. I’ve recently been focusing on dairy, particularly cheese, and the misunderstandings and propaganda that led so many of us in our past to mistakenly consider this most vile and offensive of all slaughter industries to be ‘harmless’ and ‘humane’ to the extent that it is still a staple of ‘vegetarian’ diets.

This post grew out of my idle musing about the phenomenon of the ‘cheese board’ (and its close relative, a charcuterie board). which although not exclusive to the festive season, is definitely ‘a thing’ here in my home country of Scotland and most likely in many other places too.

The festive season is a time of year when ‘luxury’ goods are promoted. It’s just the way it is. Cashmere and angora, foie gras and caviar, chocolates and cheeses that would usually be thought too expensive, are widely advertised for festive tables and gifts. So, on that note let’s talk about ‘cheese boards’. We see them on restaurant menus everywhere and they’re a staple for a fancy festive meal at home. And as an added ‘bonus’ they’re labelled ‘vegetarian’. Yes?

Just to recap, industry propaganda promotes the notion that after being weaned from their own mothers, humans need to switch species and continue breastfeeding from other species of mother mammals throughout their lives. Most consumers have a vague industry-driven fantasy that cheese is often made from the breastmilk of cows, but few have any idea of the extent to which other species are also exploited for cheese. Take a look at the different species – and the numbers – in this list. The fancy cheese market is booming and the breastmilk has to come from somewhere. 


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