Liberation BC is asking animal lovers to wear a cow ribbon this Mother’s Day to raise awareness about the cruelty inherent in the dairy industry. Dairy cows endure the traumatic loss of a calf every year so that humans can take their milk.
The campaign includes a cow-print ribbon pin which can be purchased by donation from the campaign website (www.cowribbon.com) as well as Mother’s Day cards, downloadable graphics, and fliers. The campaign website also has links to videos and stories about real stories of cows and calves rescued from the heartless dairy industry.
Cows must give birth every year in order to produce milk. Farmers artificially inseminate them and then forcibly take the babies away as soon as they are born. Dairy cows are known to bellow for days after losing their calves while hooked up to a milking machine. Female calves are raised to become dairy cows, while the males are sold to become veal or are simply discarded. In the dairy industry, male calves are worth almost nothing. This is an unavoidable cruelty on even in the smallest organic farms.
“Every mother I know would give anything for her children, but we don’t think twice about tearing newborn calves away from their mothers and slaughtering them on the very day they are born so that we can eat a cup of yogurt,” says Glenn Gaetz, a Director of Liberation BC. “Mother’s Day is the time when we honour motherhood. Wearing your cow ribbon is a great way to say that all mothers deserve to know their babies.”
From the campaign website:
“Dairy cows are symbolic representatives of all of the animal mothers whose lives and reproductive systems are manipulated by humans. The cow ribbon is a symbol of your concern for these suffering and abused mothers. Please take a stand and speak out for them.”
More information about the campaign can be found on the campaign website: www.cowribbon.com.