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Dairy Cows Raised Inhumanely

According to livestock experts, the coldly regimented process of raising a dairy cow in North America forces it at a very early age to depend on dietary supplements that in rare instances can spread mad cow disease. On large dairy farms in the United States and Canada, calves often are separated from their mothers within 24 hours of birth. The reason is money: The milk that a dairy cow produces is worth far more on a supermarket shelf than in the stomach of her newborn calf.

So calves, male and female, are shunted away from many large dairy farms--usually within two weeks of birth--to specialized feedlots where they are quickly weaned from milk and fed protein supplement pellets, along with hay. These calves depend on supplements for most of their protein intake until they are about 3 months old, when they are mature enough to digest cellulose and absorb protein on their own.

Washington Post December 27, 2003

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