Posted by ahimsa32fa at 05/09/14 07:33:26Dairy products are not healthy foods. Cow's milk is not the same of human milk.
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.
Posted by AndyT at 06/18/14 20:23:28Joy, I am happy to see that you, as a non-vegetarian (judging from your profile) go to the extent to question whether this is a good practice or not.
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.
Posted by TofuMadness at 06/22/14 02:51:44I would also add that since "Organic" labels have also become big business, we cannot assume Organic products are produced using humane methods.
"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.