What’s with all the cow vids you ask? Well I was on Farm Sanctuary reading about sad animals. Weird way to spend my evening, I know. But who doesn’t like baby animals? No one! And who doesn’t like it when baby animals, seemingly destined for a short life, are rescued by a do-gooder and find a happy home? Again, no one.
I want one!
These would be way more fun (and cuter bath toys) than rubber duckies!
So I didn’t get much further than the whole dairy cow debacle. See VIDEO #1.
Read on after you’ve watched the video or the rest of this won’t make a whole lot of sense.
How did we get to the point where that kind of shiznat was acceptable?!
Factory farming, in general, is all kinds of messed up. People who take part in that ridiculousness have a whole lot of bad karma heading their way. They are totes coming back as a dung beetle next time around.
I was left feeling pretty :(
So as a pick-me-up and to prove that not all cow people are bad guys I went to one of my favourite dairy sources (Organic Meadow) and found VIDEO #2.
Here is what I’ve concluded…
- Treating animals like sh*t is unacceptable. PERIOD! Something about “do unto others as you would have done unto yourself” rings a bell.
- If we are going to consume dairy do your absolute best to find out where it came from. A local farmer or a certified organic company are your best bet.
- If your milk/cheese/ice cream came from a farm like the Pronk’s or another of the Organic Meadow farmers then chances are those cows are frolicking in the grass, living in non-blucky conditions and aren’t immediately separated from their babies
- Baby animals and stories with happy endings make me feel all warm and mushy inside. Time to hug a kitty.
Not sure where to find happy dairy?
These are the brands I like:
- Organic Meadow - Their website is full of information on why “organic” is awesome, how their cows are treated (Meet Esther: A Cow Story), information on their farmers and their YouTube site has lots of videos posted by farmers showing their cows being…cows!
- Harmony Organic - “Our cows are treated as though they were members of our family”
- Mapleton’s Organic (Fun fact: I once sold a bike to a farmer who use to work for these guys and he said the cows had better nutrition plans than most humans)
So that’s about all I’ve got for you this fine evening. Remember folks, just because something’s cheap or everybody’s doing it doesn’t make it right. All the cool kids are a) not eating dairy at all or b) eating happy cow products.
Cool kid Zach Morris likes happy cows!
Oh, one more thing. Just because I support organic dairy products doesn’t mean I necessarily support dairy. Big diff! The nutritional side is a story for another day. The point of this post is that if you are consuming dairy then organic, from an ethical standpoint, is the only way to go.