interview at artificial insemination co.
Posted by JoyComesInTheMorning at 05/08/2014
I have a degree in science and have a job interview next week at a company that creates artificial insemination products for cows. The product is described in this article:
I looked up some articles online about the Dairy industry and I have come to the conclusion that it is a form of cruelty.
However, at the store they sell organic milk from cows that are allowed to graze freely in fields in the healthy foods section so I think maybe not all dairy products are made in a cruel manner. Because some dairy claims to be humanely produced I am not sure if it is morally wrong to accept the job at the company, since the treatment of the cows is on the conscience of the farmers and I am not sure I am working directly with the animals myself. I already work at a grocery store at present where I have to handle dairy products so I am supporting the dairy industry even if I stay in my present job and turn down the scientific job.
I am kind of getting the feeling like I want to reject the job at the artificial insemination company but I feel like I am going to the interview since I want to get practice with the interviewing. I get a tour of the facility and maybe at the end of the interview I can ask how much of their product is used by the more humane dairy producers who let their cows graze freely in open fields.
ahimsa32fa at 05/09/2014 07:33:26
Nature dictates that all mammals wean their young at an early age. Humans refuse to be weaned, and the cows suffer.
The vast majority of dairy cows do not lead a pleasant life, and their calves certainly do not (veal crate). And virtually all cows end up at the slaughterhouse, which I don't consider a good experience.
AndyT at 06/18/2014 20:23:28
Of course, you need to make this decision yourself. Yes, there are places that "humanely" produce milk, and they are presumably better than "factory farms", where the well-being of the animals is no concern at all.
However, please do take the time to read this article - I find it very interesting: http://challengeoppression.com/2010/05/03/a-cows-milk-is-not-yours-to-take/
I personally was consuming dairy products, but not meat, for some 20 years, because I was not happy with the idea that animals have to be killed for my food. When I informed myself more about the practices in the dairy industry, however, I also gave up dairy products.
Those "artificial insemination products" only have one objective - they allow farmers to inseminate cows so that they have calves and produce milk. The calves are taken away from their mothers at a very young age, to be either used as dairy "production machines" themselves (females) or to be killed as "veal" (males).
I personally would not work for such a company, but this is a decision that you yourself have to make, of course.
ahimsa32fa at 06/20/2014 05:37:22
TofuMadness at 06/22/2014 02:51:44
"Free Range" is another term that does not equal humane.
Anytime a business seeks to improve methods for creating more cows, as ahimsa said, there is only one outcome for the cow in the end.