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This highlights the importance of knowing where your food comes from. If you are going to consume animal products, and you wish to do so as ethically as possible, there is no substitution for going to meet the (organic, free range) farmer.
Slavery is slavery... And that's a good observation, we're the only species to do that, and it's ludicrous!
No, we don't have to milk them... We don't even need to fucking farm them, I can't believe this is still brought up as an issue for discussion. The milk industry is the veal industry is the meat industry. If we didn't farm them in the first place this wouldn't even be up for discussion. Do you milk a moose in the woods because it produced a little more than her calf can drink at the moment?
We don't need milk after we're babies, most especially not milk from another species. Please go vegan for your own good and the good of the world...
Just one of those things Dara; people are passionate about their dietary choices and this can turn into frustration/anger when other people don't see or do things in the same way. Some people find this off-putting like yourself but I generally find it better to be forgiving and/or take the Buddhist/Ladakhi philosophy of "what's the point [in arguing, being offended, whatever]".
You will get a lot of ridicule from meat eaters if you tell them you are vegan, believe me, they will think they have the right to criticize everything you eat, think and do. Yes, we do get angry but that is because it is so incredibly frustrating that people will continue to find ways to justify the exploitation and slavery of animals. Its not okay no matter how you try to justify it.
This explains everything my dear. Don't drink milk when there are so many other alternatives https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgwzwRiF2qw&feature=youtube_gda...
Morally and personally, they wouldn't "need" to be milked if their babies weren't taken from them after birth. Like humans, the only reason the milk is produced by the mother is to nourish the child. When there is no pregnancy, there is no lactation.