It blows my mind that whenever people ask me why I’m vegan they say, “well, what about milk, milk is okay, the cows aren’t getting hurt, they have to be milked to survive”. I’m going to be preachy for a second…
So, do you need to be milked to survive? (Cue the “Meet the Parents” scene: “I have nipples Greg, can you milk me?”) Just as human beings, they don’t produce milk unless they have a child…which means…they have to constantly be impregnated. And seeing them birthing a calf, I’m pretty sure they’re annoyed that they have to repeat that cycle until the day they die…just like I’m sure most of you that had a child would be really pissed if you carried something around for 9 months, pushed it out, got it taken away, and then got a turkey baster shoved up you before you could even be discharged. So, to sum up:
-Cow gives birth
-Calf is dragged away, to either be sold for veal, grown for beef, or matured for milk production
-Cow is artificially impregnated
-Then hooked up to machine that constantly milks them
-After 9 months has another baby
-Rinse, Impregnate, Repeat, Get Used Up and then slaughtered for Low Quality Ground Beef (mmm….mmm…good)
-Bonus: growth hormones, feed, and antibiotics are pumped into them AND “tail docking”-those pesky tails can’t be in the way of milk production for “hygienic purposes” so let’s just take them right off
Drinking the shit ain’t natural anyhow. But, please stop thinking that factory farmed milking cows are living it up, getting hand milked in a bucket, and then going to graze green pastures. Or at least stop being a fucking asshole to people who don’t want to consume it.
Tippi Benjamine Okanti Degré, daughter of French wildlife photographers Alain Degré and Sylvie Robert, was born in Namibia. During her childhood she befriended many wild animals, including a 28-year old elephant called Abu and a leopard nicknamed J&B. She was embraced by the Bushmen and the Himba tribespeople of the Kalahari, who taught her how to survive on roots and berries, as well as how to speak their language.
in before tumblr screams about cultural appropiation
This doesn’t even count as cultural appropriation
This isn’t a person robbing a culture, to hell with the others
This is a child born right next to that culture
Who was embraced by the people and taught how to do some of the things they do
Which is not the same as cultural appropriation
No cultural appropriation. Just something really beautiful.
I love the picture where she’s cuddling a frog.