Thank you for printing Karl Garson’s column, “A calf needs a cow’s milk, but you don’t,” on Oct. 15.
Here’s another reason why one might consider switching to non-diary milks such as almond or soy milk. Cows — female cattle — do not “give milk.” Just like humans, cows lactate as a result of being pregnant. And just like moms the world over, when a cow gives birth to her calf, the only thing she wants is to be near her baby.
But in modern dairy production, a cow is inseminated several times during her lifetime and her offspring is forcefully wrenched away from her shortly after birth so that her mother’s milk, which nature intended for her calf, can be fed to humans. It is a miserable existence.
Most of us truly do not wish to cause harm or pain to other living beings, but since we are led to believe that these animals are happy, we see no harm in dairy production.
— Lynn Pauly, Madison, co-director, Alliance for Animals