Artificial Milk Machines

The Holstein dairy cow is being squeezed to the absolute physical limit to maximize milk output. This often means a life of confinement without exercise or stimulation, and a high chance of suffering maladies, like lameness, abrasions, bone deficiencies, and sorely infected udders. After just two to three years of pumping out staggering volumes of milk, the average Holstein dairy cow is culled for hamburger—that is, if she can walk under her own power to the “knock box” where the slaughter process begins.

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