Stop the Horrible Abuse and Torture of Animals for Dairy

Target: The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Goal: Protect cows, sheep, and goats from exploit for milk.

There are more than one million dairy animals raised in Canada and more than ten thousand dairy operations across the country. What most of the animals in the dairy industry have in common is that they suffer from horrible abuse and torture. Some people argue that organically produced milk is more ethical, but it does not change the fact that cows, sheep, and goats are exploited for human gain.

Dairy cows are an example of how basic welfare diminishes for economic reasons. The cows are selectively bred to increase their milk production with devastating effects on their species; one hundred years ago, the annual production of milk from one cow was 3,300 kg, now it is 8,500 kg per year.

As a standard practice, most cows in the dairy industry will be forcefully inseminated for the first time at around fifteen months of age. A few hours to a couple of days after birth, the calves are torn away from their mothers to steal their milk for human use. The cow is left to suffer from stress and anxiety because of the loss of her baby. After a couple of months, the cow will be inseminated again, for the ghastly cycle to be repeated.

Nowadays, a milking cow is kept for only three to five years until her body becomes so emaciated that it is no longer profitable to keep her. She becomes what is known in the industry as a “cull” or “spent” dairy cow. The animals will have suffered greatly by the time they reach the slaughterhouse where they are brutally killed for meat.

In the dairy industry, a cow’s suffering does not end with her. All her calves have to endure horrendous torture including disbudding or dehorning, which is painful even with the use of painkillers. Her male calves are of no value for dairy production and are therefore processed into veal. In general, veal calves spent their lives alone in small crates where they are sometimes chained at the neck, keeping them far from a natural existence. To ensure pink and tender flesh, the calves are iron deprived in a state close to anemia. The veal industry pathetically created “red veal” where calves are kept outdoors, to counter animal welfare advocates. Nevertheless, they continue to be separated from their mothers, confined in a stall away from any social activity for at least the first few weeks of their lives.

Humans are the only species of mammals that drink milk after infancy, and the only species that drinks another species’ milk. As a food item, dairy is completely unnecessary and can easily be replaced by numerous plant-based foods that are already available. Not only is it not needed, but dairy consumption is also linked to heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as an increased risk of breast, ovarian, and prostate cancers. On top of that, the majority of today’s human population is lactose-intolerant.

Sign this petition to end the abuse of animals for milk production.


Dear Honourable Mrs. Bibeau,

Millions of animals in Canada are exploited by humans for their milk. They are purposely bred to increase milk production which has devastating effects on their species, only to maximize human profit.

Animals raised for dairy are forcefully inseminated, have their babies taken away, endure painful mutilation, and are kept in unnatural environments, merely to meet a horrific death at a slaughterhouse.

The majority of the world’s population is lactose intolerant, and dairy is linked to numerous serious health issues. Additionally, humans are the only species to consume milk after infancy, and to steal milk from another species nevertheless, the milk production continues.

It is shameful that you turn your head on these innocent animals’ suffering for your selfish gain. Stop the barbaric abuse of animals for milk.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Roee Shpernik


One Comment

  1. Joyce O'Malley says:

    Stop using cows as products!! Quit dairy and meat!!!

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