Mourning Dairy Cows Prompt Calls to Police


October 25, 2013

Mourning Dairy Cows Prompt Calls to Police

By Ari Solomon
dairycowandcalf copy.jpgResponding to “strange noises” coming from a local dairy farm, concerned residents in Newbury, Mass., called the police.
After investigating the situation, Sgt. Patty Fisher informed neighbors that the sounds were of mother dairy cows lamenting the loss of their calves, who were taken from them shortly after birth. “It happens every year at the same time,” Fisher said.
Many people are unaware that cows must give birth in order to produce milk. So that farmers can collect the milk themselves and sell it for human consumption, newborn calves are ripped from their mothers’ sides about 24 hours after birth.
Dairy cows are continually impregnated for about four years until they are “spent.” At that point they are sent to slaughter.
While female calves born on dairy farms usually become dairy cows, male calves are sold for veal.
To make a sad tale even sadder, several Mercy For Animals undercover investigations inside dairies have uncovered horrific animal abuse, including farm workers viciously beating and shocking cows and sadistically twisting their tails.

We can all easily reject this blatant animal cruelty by ditching dairy for good. For humane vegan alternatives to cheese, milk, ice cream and yogurt, visit the “Switch & Ditch” page of ChooseVeg.com.
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You Call Yourself Vegan – But You Are Not.


Cattle on the alp

Cattle on the alp (Photo credit: Darkroom Daze)

English: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s signature.

English: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s signature. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Real knowledge is to know
the extent of one’s ignorance.”
– Confucius

You Call Yourself Vegan

But you are not.

You eat an occasional slice of pizza
because it is delicious, and nobody can
see you. Occasionally, you lecture others
on animal abuse for doing the same.

You buy chocolate chip cookies while being
aware that milk is used to make those
chocolate bits, but cheating does not
count in the privacy of one’s home after
midnight when watching Saturday Night Live.

You pour whole milk into your coffee, because
2 percent just does not make it, and black
coffee is a joyless drink

You call yourself vegan because it feels good
to pretend that you are, but the animals
continue to suffer due to your lack of commitment.

The human population of the planet earth is greater
than 7.117 billion individuals. If sometime during
the course of this day, each person was to drink
just 1/4 cup of milk blended into the day’s coffee
consumed, that would add up to 445 million quarts.

The average American cow produces 24 quarts of
milk per day. It would require 18.5 million cows
to produce the milk for today’s coffee for the
creamer in every person’s coffee. One third of
the cows in an average milking herd end up
in slaughterhouses each and every year. Six
million cows would die to supply the milk for
all the coffees in the world in 2013.

Vegans who add milk to their coffee with
feigned ignorance and innocence, should accept
partial responsibility for the 16,400 cows who
met death yesterday, and will met her today, and
tomorrow in order for them to drink their lattes.

There are alternatives.

http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_articles.asp?id=1555&page=2

During the two minutes that it took you to read
thus far, twenty-two cows have died fear-filled
painful and tortured deaths in which the contents
of their arteries were sprayed onto bloody
slaughterhouse floors. They all die to dilute
7.117 billion human grande caffe lattes with
milk originally designed for their own children.

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than
sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Robert Cohen
http://www.notmilk.com

Teens arrested in shooting death of three dairy cows


English: A small dairy farm in western Maryland

English: A small dairy farm in western Maryland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

http://articles.southbendtribune.com/2012-11-29/news/35468427_1_dairy-farm-cows-gunshot-wounds

Teens arrested in shooting death of three dairy cows

November 29, 2012|STAN MADDUX | South Bend Tribune Correspondent
 

LAPORTE — Two boys ages 17 and 14 were arrested early Thursday for fatally shooting three cows near Union Mills.

About 10 p.m. Wednesday, dairy farmer Glen Minich told police he heard four to five gunshots at his dairy farm.

He then found one of his cows dead in a pasture along LaPorte County Road 425 West and two other cows dead on another stretch of his property off 500 South.

At least two of the cows suffered gunshot wounds to the head, said police.

Minich happened to encounter the suspects in a vehicle near his property. He got a license plate number after they drove away and that helped police track down the suspects.

Eventually, the boys admitted to their roles and it’s believed each of them took turns in the killings with a high-powered rifle, LaPorte County Police Detective Andy Hynek said.

“One was more honest than the other. Ultimately, they confessed to being responsible,” said Hynek.

Both of the boys are being charged as juveniles with three counts of animal cruelty and three counts of criminal recklessness, all Class D felonies.

Minich said he has about 100 head of cattle on his dairy farm and the cows killed were Holsteins worth $1,200 to $1,500 apiece.

They are Here Again! No Hurra needed!


 They’re Here (Again)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVC2vyVCWJI
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(Un-edited) Notice published on dairyherd e-newsletter
March 21, 2012

Raw milk-linked outbreak prompts Kansas warning
Angela Bowman, Staff Writer

“Kansas officials have issued a warning for raw milk
consumers and producers following a Campylobacter
outbreak linked to unpasteurized milk from one of
the state’s dairies.

The outbreak, which was first confirmed in January,
has now affected 18 people according to Food Safety
News. This is the state’s third Campylobacter outbreak
linked to raw milk since 2007.

Now, officials from both the state’s Department of
Agriculture and Department of Health and Environment
have issued a warning on the sale of raw milk and the
dangers associated with consuming it. Raw milk can
only be sold in the state through individual sales
on the farm, and the only promotion can be farm
signs. All raw milk containers must be labeled.

‘While dairy producers can legally sell raw milk
on farms directly to consumers, the practice is not
recommended,’ the joint release noted.

Officials also cited a recent study from the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which found
the rate of outbreaks caused by raw milk 150 times
higher than those caused by pasteurized milk.

‘Consuming raw milk is an unnecessary risk,’ Kansas
Department of Agriculture Dairy Inspection Program
Manager George Blush said in the news release.

‘You cannot tell if milk is safe by just looking at,
smelling or tasting it. Even milk from the cleanest
dairies can pose risk without the pasteurization
safeguard.’

Raw milk supporters have had a tough year. In addition
to the CDC study, another Campylobacter outbreak
linked to raw milk from a Pennsylvania dairy sickened
more than 78 people, including a toddler. Another Pa.
raw milk producer faced a federal court-granted
injunction preventing him from distributing raw milk
and raw milk products across state lines.”
___________________________

Robert Cohen
http://www.notmilk.com

How Much Milk is Produced by Factory Dairy Farms?


How Much Milk is Produced by Factory Dairy Farms?

There was a time that dairy farms resembled the
tranquil scenes depicted on milk cartons.

This week (March 1, 2012), the United States
Department of Agriculture (USDA) released
a report “Farms, Land in Farms, and Livestock
Operations, 2011 Summary” showing that more
than half of the United States milk supply
was produced on farms with 1,000 or more cows.

USDA counted 60,0000 dairy farms in 2011, and
there were 1,750 milking more than 1,000 cows.
Less than three percent of America’s dairies
produce more than 50 percent of our milk.

What other than milk do such farms produce?

A typical 1600 pound Holstein cow produces
42,200 pounds of waste each year. That volume
represents 30,400 pounds of solid waste and
12,800 pounds of urine. Multiply that by
1,000, and the resulting bovine body waste
from such a farm is equal to 42 million pounds,
an amount equal to the waste produced by a city of
500,000 humans.

Human urine is sanitized in waste treatment plants.
Cow waste enters the ground and finds its way to
underground reservoirs or into streams.

As for the solid waste, watch where you step.

On factory farms, urine and feces are mixed and stored
in lakes and dams and then sprayed as fertilizer on
growing fruits and vegetables which end up in supermarkets.

Robert Cohen
http://www.notmilk.com

Detox From Milk: Seven Days


American milkman, circa 1925

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Detox From Milk: Seven Days

Happy day #14 of the New Year! Many Americans
have already broken their first New Year’s
resolution. It does not have to be a down
ride for the next 352 days. For those who
want so much to break the chemical addiction
to milk opiates (casomorphins), let’s start
all over, ok? Can you keep the most important
pledge of your life for just seven days at a time?

Here is a resolution that all humans should make
for 2012: No Drinking Milk From Other Mammals.
Not from pigs or horses or cows or dogs or
or aardvarks. If you feel that you really need
milk as part of your diet, then obtain your
supply from human breast milk. You will find
that commodity for sale, and while you are
drinking that human milk, consult Hebrews 5:13.

Detox From Milk Hormones in Just Seven Days

That is your challenge and goal, for during that
seven day period of abstaining from all milk and
dairy, one gallon of mucus will be expelled from
your kidneys, spleen, pancreas, and other internal
organs.

If you still eat cheese, ice cream, milk chocolate,
and yogurt, your one-week experience will be as if
an internal fog has been dispersed from inside of you.

Most people successfully weaning themselves from all
milk and dairy products immediately observe dramatic
physical and emotional changes. Better sleep, more
energy, fewer mood swings, more sexual energy. Just
seven days to a new you.

Take the challenge. Your body will thank you. So will
those who care most about you.

If you are daring enough, or doubting enough to think
that your new feelings are mere coincidence, host a
pizza party with ice cream for dessert after your
seven day milk-fast. Remember the good and bad
feelings, for in 15 hours after your dairy feast,
the famine of bad feelings will return.

During 2012, just say “Notmilk!” each time you are
exposed to an obscene “Got Milk?” ad.

Robert Cohen
http://www.notmilk.com

Starling Zinging in the Dead of Night


 

Starling Zinging in the Dead of Night

Have you ever observed a spider weave its web around a struggling fly? Have you ever watched a bird pull a worm from its hole in the ground? Have you ever witnessed a cat stalking a bird? All of the above are nature’s way in which animals live and die. These trapping, hunting, and eating behaviors are natural life and death experiences for insects, birds, and feral felines. Feral felines sometimes stalk, catch, and eat starling birds.

 Dairy farmers face many challenges, one of which is dealing with starling birds. Wisconsin horizons are often darkened by flocks of these hungry winged vertebrates. Starlings become more than a nuisance to dairymen. What they steal from feedlots is later deposited as gooey starling droppings on barnyard fences and machinery. A flock consisting of thousands of starlings simultaneously descends upon open feed troughs and then spread salmonella and other bacteria to cows as they share the cow’s rations.

The United States Department of Agriculture has created a ghastly end of life scenario for these birds.

 Death By Poisoning There is a toxin that is designed to kill starlings by destroying their kidney function. This clever biological weapon is called DRC-1339. The active ingredient, representing 97% of the product is 3-chloro-4-methylbenzamine hydrochloride. Starlings die horrible deaths from this poison. So too do feral starling-eating felines.

Yesterday (November 3, 2011), for the first time in my memory, the dairy industry prompted a compassionate cruelty-free method of ridding a dairy farm of starlings.

http://www.dairybusiness.com

 Dairy Business promoted the clever invention of Todd Weitzman, president and owner of Bird Gard. Bird Gard mimics the sounds of starlings in distress and hearing those cries, starlings do a 180 degree turn and head somewhere else. This new product neither kills nor poisons birds, and it is a welcome relief from past practices. See:

http://www.BirdGard.com

Robert Cohen

That NotMilkMan wrote:


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Dairy Dunces are Their Own Worst Enemies

“Facts are ventriloquists dummies. Sitting on a
wise man’s knee they may be made to utter words
of wisdom; elsewhere, they say nothing, or talk
nonsense, or indulge in sheer diabolism.”
Aldous Huxley    

Aldous Huxley

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This is going to be a long, cold winter for dairy farmers.
Feed prices have gone through the silo’s ceiling. Milk,
butter, and cheese prices are crashing faster than
Formula-1 race cars. Many dairy cows will be sent to
slaughter because each quart of milk that is taken from
their udders will cost more money to produce than it
will ultimately net for their producer.

A cow will not ask why when it is stunned with a bolt gun
and slashed across the throat with a sharpened knife, rapidly
bleeding to death. Many will meet their fate earlier than
their time. All will ultimately suffer the same death
but not in their prime. Premature slaughter of milk
producing cows actually represents a farmer’s failure,
but the dary industry has a name for this. It is called,
CRT, or cooperatives working together. This common
practice is accelerating. Dairymen who kill their cows
early are well compensated for their failure by producing
less supply, and in theory, raising the demand.

As expenses go up, so does production. As milk prices
crash, dairy farmers are flooding the market with product
which are not getting interest from foreign markets, and
why should they? The American dairy industry spent the
last ten years selling champion cows and technology to
Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Africa, and
South America. Any markets left? Nope.

Butter and cheese exports have dried up. In late summer,
40 pound blocks of cheddar cheese were selling for $2.10
per pound on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Today, that
same commodity is trading for $1.70.

Butter has melted during that same time period from $2.10
per pound to $1.80.

Dairy farmers were getting $22 per hundred pounds of
milk. Now they are getting under $19.

It’s getting ugly as the first frosts begin to hit much of
the nation. The worst is yet to come.

In their nearsightedness, the dairy industry and the
United States Department of Agriculture have not
protected farmer interests for next year.

Farmers believe that they will plant as much corn next
year as they did this year. Oops. There is a flaw in
their thinking that Notmilk is aware of because we
know the dairy farmer’s business better than many of
them do.

Got seed corn?

How can you grow corn without seeds?

Next year, there will be one-third less seed corn
available for farmers to plant due to severe droughts
followed by severe flooding across America. This has
been a big secret that the media has not reported.

The way I see it, the dairy farmers of America
have just one opportunity remaining, but they had
better act fast.

I have always claimed that my knowledge of their industry
would get them $35 per hundred pounds for their milk,
not the $19 which is the current price.

I may be ready to opt out of my Notmilk contract to
become a free agent. I could be ready to run the dairy
industry out of the ground in which it is now implanted.
Of course, I want New York Yankee C.C. Sabathia-type numbers.
If you now run the dairy industry and have not yet fallen
victim to a mob of dairymen with torches and pitchforks,
call my agent.

“Very often we are our own worst enemy as we
foolishly build stumbling blocks on the path
that leads to success and happiness.”
– Louis Binstock

Robert Cohen
http://www.notmilk.com

A Cardinal Sin


A Cardinal Sin “The cardinal responsibility of leadership is to identify the dominant contradiction at each point of the historical process and to work out a central line to resolve it.” – Mao Tse-Tung

Yesterday (10/28/2011), a case of E. coli was reported in a St. Louis man who will most likely not be celebrating last evening’s game-seven world series baseball win by his home team Cardinals over the Texas Rangers.

http://www.bnd.com/2011/10/28/1919608/

e-coli-reported-in-st-clair-county.html An excerpt from the News-Democrat report: ”

The infection has sickened 23 people between the ages of 11 to 94 in the St. Louis area. Six of those sickened were hospitalized…The bacteria is most often spread through the consumption of contaminated foods, the consumption of unpasteurized milk, drinking non-disinfected water, contact with cattle and contact with the feces of infected people.” Early this morning, news of another possible raw milk infection story hit the newswires.

http://www.cnn.com/2011/10/28/health/

north-carolina-e-coli/ Coincidentally, yesterday I was personally attacked in a well distributed raw milk newsletter as being as being: “…biologically savvy as molten lead.” That may be true, but there is one cardinal rule that is beyond debate: raw milk drinkers continue to get sick from bacterial infections and die. October 28, 201 (CNN)

 “Ten cases of E. coli infection have been confirmed and another 16 cases are under investigation in what may be a growing disease outbreak that appears to be linked to the North Carolina State Fair, state public health officials said Friday…” Lead becomes molten at 327.5 degrees Celsius. Having reported hundreds of cases of raw milk infection in the Notmilk letter over the years, and having equally related hundreds of links to peer-reviewed scientific research regarding cancer, heart disease, bone disease, asthma, diabetes, and hundreds of other diseases whose etiology can be traced directly to milk and dairy consumption, I am proud to be compared to molten lead by raw dairy advocates. Molten lead is hot. Lately, I’ve been hot too!

Just like the newly crowned world champion St. Louis Cardinals.

 ;>) Robert Cohen

http://www.notmilk.com

Dairy Ignoramus


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Ask the Dairy Expert (Dairy Ignoramus)

“It isn’t pollution that’s harming the environment. It’s the impurities in our air and water that are doing it.” –

 Dan Quayle A new strategy of the dairy industry is to create YouTube videos in which farmers are asked and then answer questions for school kids. In this video, a dairy ex-spurt was asked: How much water does a cow drink each day and how much milk is produced?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYZL0U54Ouo

 This video was probably used as an example of how not-to-do arithmetic by second graders. Clearly, the video was directed at children as the target audience. During the moment that the farmer demonstrates that the cow has a four-chambered stomach (at the 35 second mark of the video) which ferments and digests fiber, the illustration refers to those digestive organs as ‘tummies’. Is that the word you use while conversing with adults? My own tummy aches from watching this video.

The dairy expert responds that a cow eats 50 pounds of food each day and drinks 17 gallons of water. A seventeen gallon bucket of water weighs 150 pounds. At the 1:08 point of the video, the expert explains that each cow produces 9-10 gallons of milk each day. At the 1:20 mark of the video, he explains that the cow is milked twice each day and produces 4-5 gallons of milk at each milking. Oops! Today, the average cow produces 24 quarts per day, not 9-10 gallons. That’s 53 pounds of milk per day for the average cow, or 6 gallons. (Note to dairymen: There are four quarts in a gallon.) What then happens to the 12 gallons of water that does not end up in milk containers? That extra 12 gallons of water weighs 106 pounds and ends up as urine. Multiply that times 1,000 cows on a typical factory dairy farm and 9.2 million cows in America.

That information might piss off nearby neighbors who get their drinking water from wells. Cow urine produces ammonia. Cow feces from 50 pounds per day of feed produces methane. Wastes pollute air breathed by anybody in the vicinity of a dairy farm operation. It’s the reason that you must keep your windows closed while driving through Tulare county, California. Some expert! Actually, the “dairy farmer: is quite the expert, and I recognized his name. Bill Wavrin’s dairy farm was the home to the first case of Mad Cow disease identified in America. Couldn’t the dairy industry have found anybody else to do this ridiculous video? If you look closely, you will notice that Farmer Wavrin is wearing a Darigold shirt.

Darigold is one of the largest milk co-ops in America, representing over 700 dairy farms. In June of 2011, Darigold was fined many thousands of dollars for the criminal act of intentionally dumping ammonia into a clean stream and killing salmon and other wildlife. Darigold was also sentenced to “community service” which they satisfied by paying a negotiated fee of $10,000 to the community in which the damaged stream runs through.

If somebody pitched today’s column to a Hollywood producer for a future movie, the details of the plot would be rejected as being udderly unbelievable. “Facts sometimes have a strange and bizarre power that makes their inherent truth seem unbelievable.” – Werner Herzog

Robert Cohen http://www.notmilk.com