Over the past few weeks I've swapped dairy milk in my moring coffee for soya. To my slight surprise, it tastes just as good. But, of course, taste isn't everything, not by a long chalk. What warms my heart is that I am no longer taking part in the cruelty of the dairy industry. Many people are still unaware that the reason they can buy milk, yoghurt and cheese and the variety of dairy products found in the supermarket, is because baby calves are cruelly snatched away from their mothers. The pain these animals suffer in this separation should surely persuade any warm hearted person to forgo dairy and join the growing community who opt for plant based foods.
Back in the nineties, I, in company with hundreds of other local people, demonstrated for months against animal live exports. Night and day, we were down at Shoreham Port to make our protest heard. I have never forgotten the sight of those huge, innocent eyes of young calves, peering through the slats of thelorries as they were borne abroad for the notorious veal crates. All these years later, people continue to eat veal without perhaps understanding the story of cruelty that lies behind their dish of weiner schnizel. It begins with the dairy industry where calves of both sexes are torn away from their mothers so that the cows will go onyielding up their mother's milk for human consumption. It continues with the practice of male calves being 'useless'because they do not produce milk and are therefore a 'waste product.' Even if they are allowed to live a wehile they will end up in restaurants as veal. The time has come to say enough of this crulety and to bring to light the truth behind the dairy indfustry.
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