Adding to the toll of animals burned alive I note the 100 dairy cows burned/killed in a Pa. barn fire. Apparently this wasn't the first fire either... A neighbor was grateful human lives were spared... Because every "thing" else can be replaced. And gosh she ought to know because her family operates a cow-slave facility too!
And apparently excess heat at the dairy cannot only kill "things" but also reduce profits... Now here's something I know the farmers will pay close attention to. It seems that cows will become less productive at temperatures exceeding 68 degrees... So it's recommended to cool "high-producing cows at a lower temperature." I find this extremely disturbing though, in record-breaking summer heat I know in my house and many others, we try to minimize the use of energy... As it's not only wasteful but expensive. Let's see, humans opt to live in 78 degrees and cows are kept in 68. Perhaps that's because the dairy industry makes so much money???
Whoa there! Now if that was the case - Why is it that budget strapped Wisconsin, that is now cutting back salaries and employment to teachers is also granting the dairy industries "Tax Credit Extensions"? Hum... They don't seem to have their priorities in order at all!
Okay... Let's take a break from the serious fatalities, global climate threats and political corruption for just a moment.
Take a look at the logo for National Dairy Producers Organization.
You know... Even Hugh Hefner had the decency to opt for less-offensive "bunny ears" as the "playmate" symbol. But I tell you these teat pulling cow-hands just have no shame!
I know they try hard... They really do! Mega-giant Dairygold explains all about their Corporate Social Responsibility. With 60 pages of stats, graphs and economic figures- there's 2 whole paragraphs dedicated to the very important issue of animal "welfare". Gosh sakes! Could they spare the ink???
Perhaps they are depending on world of mouth via YouTube to explain how it's so very important to remove the calves from their mothers immediately... All for the calves "welfare". For the calves "safety" they are taken from their mothers. For their "safety" they are fed milk "replacements." For their "safety" they are tethered so they cannot interact with other calves. Seems they forget very quickly about their "safety" when it's time to process their tiny bodies into veal. It's just nasty deceit, isn't it?
Finally, speaking of videos of cows - And humans speaking for the cows... The World Society for the Protection of Animals is launching a campaign "Not in my Cuppa" that intends to keep cows out of factory farms and on the fields. It would be a much more worthy campaign if the message was to leave the cow's (milk) alone altogether.
I could go on and on about how "Molly" would still be heartbroken having her babies stolen from her. How even in the field, she'd be "retired" after a fraction of her life. And how 3 of the 4 calves she'd give birth to wouldn't live much longer than a few months. I could tell you - But I think Shelley Williams speaks much better on the cow's behalf:
Go Diary Free and you can wash your hands from the whole ugly business of "cow's milk." :)