You are lactose intolerant
Would you like a glass of milk? I squeezed it fresh from my pregnant dog this morning.
What? That’s disgusting, you say?
Then how about some lion’s milk, or sheep’s milk? Perhaps the milk from a wolf would interest you? Wait, I know, you want some elephant’s milk, don’t you?
If you’re like most people, all of the above will disgust you. However you have no problem drinking cow’s milk.
No seriously, why is that?
Did you know that humans are the only animal who actually drink the milk from another species? Did you also know that almost all of us are lactose intolerant?
75% of the world are lactose intolerant
Weird, right? Not really, and here’s why.
When we’re young, we drink the milk that our mother produces for us. The same is true for most other animals, so whether you take a human baby, or a cow’s baby, the next part is pretty much the same.
Babies produce an enzyme that makes their bodies able to handle the lactose he or she gets via breastfeeding.
However, when the baby reaches a point where it stops being normal to breastfeed, in other words, quite young, the body stops producing this enzyme. And because of this, 75% of the world’s population have an intolerance to lactose.
We are not meant to consume it.
Yet, the dairy industry has spent so much money convincing us otherwise, that this seems like a foreign notion to most of us.
Now, you can even take medication to help you cope with ingesting lactose, lactose that you aren’t supposed to drink in the first place!
In other words, your body is rejecting something you’re putting into it because it’s damaging. Your response is to ingest chemicals in hopes of making the body more tolerant. Where’s the logic?
The dairy industries bottom line depends on you consuming milk.
Have a cigarette, it’s good for you!
If I told you smoking would increase your health, your immediate reaction would probably be that I’m trying to sell you cigarettes.
What makes you think that the dairy industry is any better? What makes you think that the dairy industry is some sort of holy organisation that only cares about your health, and only wants what’s best for you?
It’s not that I blame you. We’re bombarded with milk commercials from the day we’re born to the day we die, but it’s time to wake up.
The dairy industry is in it for the money; same as everybody else.
What about lactose-free cow’s milk?
Besides containing a ton of antibiotics and other garbage you shouldn’t be drinking, the more important question is, can you justify the cruelty?
It doesn’t matter how they treat the milk after the fact, cow’s were still tortured to produce it.
But, I need calcium!
Yeah, yeah, I know you do.
But here’s the question, where do you think cow’s get their calcium?
Bingo! They get it through their diet.
So why does it make sense for cow’s to eat their calcium, but for us to get ours, we wait for the cow to eat it, rape her, kill her babies, extract her milk, and then drink it?
It makes no logical sense.
You can get plenty of calcium by going directly to the source; kale, collard greens, tempeh, hemp milk, almonds, soy, soy milk, a variety of beans, amaranth and a giant selection of other edibles.
Taste is learned
If you are in a position where what you taste comes before the wellbeing of others, which many of us are, I’d like you to consider that taste is not something you’re born with.
You were not born liking grapes, but not olives. You were not born liking shrimp, but not mushrooms.
Those are all learned behaviours.
My point is that if you cling to cow’s milk because of the taste, just know that you can learn to like a non-harmful alternative.
For most of you, this won’t even be an issue. There are so many vegan-friendly milk variations that you’re bound to like at least some of them.
The next time you shop, look for soy milk, almond milk, rice milk, hemp milk, coconut milk or whatever else you can find.
Will you continue to support cruelty, or can you find it in your heart to make a change?
It should be noted that the percentage of people with LI is higher in the southern parts of the world than in the north. But that doesn't really matter though, as ultimately, this is about the animals and their welfare, not us.
The ethics of drinking milk