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Aubrey Plaza - The Dairy Industry is No Laughing Matter.

(Artwork by Kate Louise Powell) Audrey Plaza should know better. There is nothing funny about Factory Farming and the suffering of female cows and their babies. And there is nothing funny about knocking down people and products that are making positive changes for animals.

Understanding Dairy Cow Welfare Concerns: It is essential to understand the extreme cruelty that dairy cows endure. While dairy cows can live to the age of 20, on factory farms most die by the age of 4. Here's why.

  1. Artificial Insemination: Dairy cows undergo artificial insemination until they die bearing the repeated cycle of birth and milking until they can no longer physically be milked.

  2. Separation from Calves: Shortly after giving birth, dairy cows are separated from their calves, causing extreme emotional distress for both the mother and the calf. Dairy cows are known to be great mothers and cry desperately when their young are taken away.

  3. Confinement and Housing: Dairy cows experience cramped and confined living conditions, limiting their movement. This confinement has detrimental effects on their physical and psychological well-being.

  4. Overmilking and Mastitis: Overmilking causes mastitis, an infection of the udder, leading to pain and discomfort for dairy cows. If left untreated, mastitis can result in severe health issues.

  5. Constant milk production beyond the cow's capacity depletes its nutritional reserves, resulting in malnutrition and weakness.

Understanding Dairy Cow Downer Syndrome:

Dairy cow downer syndrome refers to a condition in which a cow is unable to stand or walk due to various underlying factors, including illness, injury, or physical exhaustion. It is most commonly observed in intensive factory farming systems, where cows are subjected to high milk production demands and potentially suboptimal living conditions.

Causes of Downer Syndrome in Dairy Cows:

  1. Exhaustion and Physical Stress: The intense milk production demands placed on dairy cows can result in significant physical stress and exhaustion. Overworked cows are more prone to muscular and skeletal issues, which can lead to downer syndrome.

  2. Lack of Veterinary Care: In some instances, insufficient access to prompt and appropriate veterinary care within factory farming systems can contribute to the development or worsening of downer syndrome in cows.

Aubrey Plaza's mockery of plant-based milk is not cool because animal suffering is never funny.



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