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See how they grow

See how they grow

Painted by Philip McCulloch-Downs (acrylic on canvas board) in support of Viva's campaign against the dairy industry.

Cows are imprisoned and forcibly impregnated for the first time at 14 - 28 months old, and - after giving birth every year to keep the milk flowing - slaughtered once their bodies are worn out at about 6 years old.

Each cow is milked for at least 10 months of every year of her adult life.
For 7 months out of that 10 she is both pregnant AND lactating.

She will yield between 25 and 50 litres of milk per day, 7 to 14 times more than her calf would naturally drink.
This stress on her body commonly leads to lameness, metabolic disorders and mastitis (a painful udder infection).

To facilitate the production of milk each cow is re-impregnated 2 - 3 months after giving birth.
She would naturally suckle her calf for 9 months to a year, but in dairy farming her offspring are removed within a day or two.

Male calves are an unwanted by-product and are shot after birth, or sold for veal production.

If these were human babies, this would be called child abuse, imprisonment, forced impregnation and murder.

But these are just the everyday facts of the dairy industry.