Today in Speciesism: Pretending That Dairy Cows Have Bodily Integrity

The Paw Report

An article over at the New York Times has the following headline: “With Farm Robotics, the Cows Decide When It’s Milking Time.” This headline is trying to suggest that dairy cows have bodily autonomy. And yet, the dairy industry is only able to thrive by forcing cows to become pregnant and by taking away their calves immediately after giving birth. There is absolutely no way a cow can maintain her bodily integrity and be a dairy cow. Cows do not decide when to get pregnant. Cows do not give away their babies. Cows are forced into pregnancy and then their calves are taken away.  The calves must be taken away, because if they drank the milk that is meant for them, then us humans cannot consume it. The article glosses over this little exploitation (emphasis mine):

But farmers said output generally increased with robots because most cows like…

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Author: AKA John Galt

A small business owner, a tea party organizer, a son, father and husband who is not willing to sell out the future lives of his children.

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