In comparison, it seems maximum
cruelty lies in the following actions, which are same in India, USA, and
the rest of world:
keep cows pregnant continually
their 70% to 80% of babies within six months by Veal industry or within
five years by beef industry
the mother cows after five years of their fertile life while their life
expectancy is 15 years.
The Organic farm is generally smaller
than the huge factory-style farm. The Organic milk is produced without
using antibiotics, pesticides, and hormones. There are no milk additives
added into the milk. However there are no legal regulations that prevent
farmers from engaging in similar abuses such as keeping the cows in tie
stalls and using electric milking equipment, etc. Only few organic farms
treat cows properly during her milk producing life.
Also to ensure steady milk production
the organic farms:
cows pregnant all the time through artificial insemination or other means
baby calves to veal industry, where they are slaughtered in six months
the adult cows to the slaughterhouses after four years when the milk
production yield drops
Hence the Organic milk is not cruelty
American Slaughterhouse Statistics:
New York Times on May 12, 1996
reported that on an average day the following numbers of animals are
slaughtered in American slaughterhouses.
Number Killed per day in USA
Please let me know if you have any
statistics for India.
After becoming vegan, I have
researched the following health related issues and summarized my findings
Calcium and Protein Issue:
Most Americans consume two to three
times protein from animal source (milk, cheese, and meat) than their daily
requirements. Many scientific studies show that the people who consume
animal base high protein diet have lots of calcium in their urine but not
in the people who use vegetarian diet.
The protein in animal products (such
as milk, cheese or meat) is more acidic than the vegetable protein. The
body neutralizes extra acid associated with animal protein by drawing
calcium from bones. This causes calcium deficiency in the bones causing
diseases like osteoporosis for the people who consume dairy or meat
products. Also their kidneys have to work harder to remove the waste of
calcium that leached from bones to blood. The net result is that the
people who consume animal base high protein diet lose the calcium from
their bones and their kidneys are more susceptible to fail.
Vegetarians get enough protein from
their diet but not in excess. Also the vegetable protein is less acidic
than animal protein, hence it does not leach calcium from bones. So the
calcium absorbed by consuming dark green vegetables and various other
vegetarian sources is maintained by the bones at a much healthier rate.
The end result is vegetarians who get their calcium from non-animal
sources such as dark green vegetables develop stronger bones, not weaker
ones. Hence they do not find calcium in their urine. Many scientific
evidences indicated that milk is not essential for strong bones.
However one should remember that
thinning of the bones occur among older people regardless they consume the
milk or not. This problem is more severe among the older people who use
more dairy and other animal products. This is due to the protein effect
(large amount of protein in diet and calcium is leached out) as indicated
above. Postmenopausal women are particularly at risk for osteoporosis.
Milk does not seem to protect the bones of older people.
In conclusion vegetarians get enough
calcium and protein as long as they eat good variety of plant foods such
as dark green vegetables in sufficient quantities to maintain their
natural weight. They are less susceptible to osteoporosis, and the failure
of their kidneys.
Only the lever of animal and human
bodies makes cholesterol. Hence externally the cholesterol is found only
in animal products such as meat, milk, cheese and other dairy and
nonvegeterian food. Pure vegetarian diet (fruits, vegetables, grains, and
lentils) has no cholesterol at all.
Cholesterol is a material similar to
wax. It makes hormone and other elements for our body. Generally the lever
of human being produces cholesterol in sufficient quantities for its body
need. However when we consume dairy or meat products, we also consume its
cholesterol. This way we will have excess cholesterol. This excess
cholesterol in the body is harmful because it gets deposited in our
artery. Ultimately artery gets cloged, which results in heart attack.
For pure vegetarians (vegan), their
lever makes only needed cholesterol and hence they will not have high