What can I do?
Violently separating a child from his mother is extremely cruel to both of them. For misdeeds such as abridgment of motherhood and taking children away, forcing a life of an unbroken circle of compulsory impregnation, giving birth, and captivity, if done to humans, the only suited punishment would be lifetime prison. Obliging mothers to rebirth children that will be taken away from them immediately upon birth and slaughtered in the slaughterhouse is a horrific horror story, eventually killing the mother who is no longer capable of giving birth. This story is far from the one that the milk industry marketing is serving us with its smiling cows on milk cardboards and even further from the life suited for queens. Please, do not enable the mockery and doubt in your common sense, manipulation, and moving away from the bitter truth. It is undeniable that there is enormous injustice done toward cows and calves in the milk industry. Remember: as consumers, we alone can choose if we wish to be included in such injustice!
Belje, with their campaign „Kravica Kraljica” (“Cow the Queen”), is no exception in marketing happy cows, as this is a frequent choice amongst milk brands… But, with a very aggressive marketing strategy and representation of cows as joyful queens, they have gone a step further from others because calling them queens while constantly harassing them, taking their children away, and lastly, sending them to the butchery is genuinely an exaggeration and far from the truth.
The most direct way to eat healthier, help cows and stop participating in the exploitation of their reproductive system and motherhood is to stop consuming cow’s milk and byproducts of all producers.
Milk is not healthy
We have already mentioned that cow’s milk is not meant for human consumption, but for calves, so it is not surprising that it encourages various health problems in human children, which are of another species, and as such, this milk, with its composition, is not suited for them. Experts warn that milk and milk products are not only unnecessary in human children’s and adults’ nutrition but also harmful to health and tied to anemia, cramping, and diarrhea, causing various forms of allergies, hormone problems, acne, depression, and cancer.8 On average, one cup of cow’s milk contains up to seven drops of pus (that is, somatic cells), bacteria, cholesterol, casein, and often also blood and feces. The milk industry is a large consumer of antibiotics and, often, hormones. In an average cup of milk or one bite of cheese, there are 35 hormones9. That includes sexual and growth hormones enabling calf growth, which are also connected with adult cancer development.10
Adverts of the milk industry highlight that vast quantities of milk will ensure strong and healthy bones, even though scientists have proved the absorption of milk calcium to be significantly lower because the body uses most of this mineral in order to neutralize the acidity and not to absorb the calcium. Inadequate nutrition causes body acidity (candida-bloating, digestion issues…). To neutralize acidity, the body extracts minerals from the bones as there is not enough from the foods, resulting in osteoporosis. The reason for bone problems is not the lack of calcium but the lack of other minerals, without which the calcium cannot bond successfully. Dr. William Ellis, from Philadelphia Osteopathic College, proved that people who drink milk daily have the lowest calcium levels in the blood. Good vegan calcium sources include vegetables such as collard greens, broccoli, or kale and drinks with added calcium like fruit juices and enriched plant kinds of milk.
By consuming plant milk, we can positively affect our health, lower the consumption of natural resources in the livestock industry, as well as reduce the large quantity of two and a half tons of feces yearly (which makes up massive fecal contamination of water and soil), and also on the air from methane release.
With veganism, we help animals,
ourselves, and the planet.
Veganism, as the fastest-growing movement in the world, corroborated by the increasing demand for plant products, is the way out of the disturbing condition in which our planet and all its inhabitants have found themselves. Instead of animal products, plant alternatives can significantly influence the eradication of the suffering of hundreds of billions of animals yearly.
We invite you to try different kinds of soy, rice, oat, almond and other kinds of milk and discover various types of plant cheeses, as well as plant creams, yogurts, spreads, and ice creams. Plant foods are versatile, natural, and safe sources of calcium and other nutrients. In navigating plant products, Vege izazov and browsing the Biljna mlijeka osvajaju svijet” (Plant milk conquer the world) brochure can help you. By browsing this brochure, you can familiarize yourself with plant alternatives to milk, cheese, cream, sour cream, and other milk products available in Croatia and find out how easy it is to adjust the ingredients of all meals and drinks during cooking..
Regardless of the race or species they belong to, every mother loves her child, and every child loves their mother. Everyone that says ‘goodbye’ to milk and other animal products can play a real and serious role in creating a better world for all living beings, a world in which children aren’t taken away from their mothers and a world in which someone’s life doesn’t end violently and with the expiration of their production period.