Maybe you don't throw newborn male calves in dead pile alive and let them freeze to death or starve to death but when every time you eat dairy products, you are responsible for little dirty secret of dairy farms.
Here is true news story of male dairy calf who was dumped in dead pile alive because he was worthless to dairy farmer.
Story of Mario
Story of Andy
One fine Spring day, just before Mother's Day two years ago, little Andy was born. A beautiful, baby calf, weighing only 30 pounds. His large, doe-like eyes looked to his mom for first time.
A young girl had gotten her fist job working part-time, after school at a dairy farm near the U.S. - Canada border.
When Andy's mom began to give birth, it was the first time she'd ever witnessed anything born.
She was in tear when the baby came - and then to her horror, the farmer took Andy adn threw him behind a barn, on top of a "dead pile" of other baby calves who were taken away from their mothers at birth, at let to die.
She couldn't believe what she saw.
The young girl quickly called her favorite teacher, the one who helped her get her the job. Her teacher came over to the farm and with the help of the young girl, they snatched baby Andy off of the pile of calves and put him in the back seat of her car!
They didn't know what to do with a little calf, still covered in afterbirth, umbilical cord still dangling from his pink tummy- so they called Safe Haven for farm animals (name is changed to protect calf) for help.
What this brave young girl witnessed is WHAT HAPPENS EVERY DAY ON NEARLY EVERY FARM ACROSS THE COUNTRY - CALVES ARE EITHER THROWN AWAY LIKE GARBAGE, BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO VALUE, OR THEY'RE ENSLAVED IN SMALL CRATES TO BE SOLD FOR VEAL.
You see, calves are the "by-product" of the dairy industry - to give milk, dairy cows must be kept pregnant. There are no "magical" milking cows or hormones that can be given to make them milk. They are you or me - mammals who must be pregant to develop milk, to feed their young.
What can we do?
Don't eat veal-and drink soy or rice milk instead. wean yourself off of dairy products. After all, no other animal on earth drinks the milk of another animal - nor drink milk past infancy. We are the only animal who consumes another mammal's milk and drink it into adulthood it is NOT natural and not what was intended.
The pain and suffering that goes into a glass of milk or a slice of cheese pizza isn't worth it. Andy was saved - but literally millions of calves and cows suffer and die everyday.
You can start making a difference today by where you spent your consumer dollars.
Make this Mother's Day one to celebrate all life.
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