I have been meaning to write this post for a while on opposing views on milk and express my own opinion on milk as well. So here it is! Going to lay it out there for you to decide for yourself, 🙂
Let me first state, I grew up in a milk family, we drank whole milk and have it with our cereals, coffee, tea, cookies etc…I never really even knew there would be opposing view on the subject until later in life. A lot of people I know drink 2% I think because they think whole milk is too fattening, I disagree. But I like all milk 2%, 1% etc…It has never crossed my mind to actually quit drinking milk altogether and will never happen and let me first explain the adverse views on it and then my view 😉
First of all, you heard the Got Milk? slogan, with the cute ads with the celebrities and they like to go over the benefits of drinking milk such as good for building muscle, assisted growth with hair, skin and nails, help with PMS (which I didn’t know), sleep and strong bones. I know it def helps with sleep because I drink a glass every night before I go to bed and it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside. 🙂
Now let me get to the conflicting view, which is completely understandable and I agree to the extent and this is per PETA’s website. Quoted from PETA – The Dairy Industry “Cows produce milk for the same reason that humans do: to nourish their young. In order to force the animals to continue giving milk, factory farm operators typically impregnate them using artificial insemination every year. Calves are generally taken from their mothers within a day of being born—males are destined for veal crates or barren lots where they will be fattened for beef, and females are sentenced to the same fate as their mothers.
After their calves are taken from them, mother cows are hooked up, several times a day, to milking machines. Using genetic manipulation, powerful hormones, and intensive milking, factory farmers force cows to produce about 10 times as much milk as they would naturally.
Animals are often dosed with bovine growth hormone (BGH), which contributes to a painful inflammation of the udder known as “mastitis.” (BGH is used widely in the U.S. but has been banned in Europe and Canada because of concerns over human health and animal welfare.) According to the industry’s own figures, between 30 and 50 percent of dairy cows suffer from mastitis, an extremely painful condition.
A cow’s natural lifespan is about 25 years, but cows used by the dairy industry are killed after only four or five years. An industry study reports that by the time they are killed, nearly 40 percent of dairy cows are lame because of the intensive confinement, the filth, and the strain of being almost constantly pregnant and giving milk. Dairy cows’ bodies are turned into soup, companion animal food, or low-grade hamburger meat because their bodies are too “spent” to be used for anything else.”
Now, when I learned about that, it made me very sad, because I know that is NOT how GOD intended for its animals to be because of greed and evil presented upon his creatures. 🙁 So I am torn BUT there is some good news! There are milk alternatives! Always look at the positive side! Such as the fact you can drink milk from cows actually raised on farms naturally not like in factories on machines, but PETA thinks that is a myth for free range, but I also find them to be very extreme as well. The alternatives can be dry milk, rice milk, almond milk, soy milk, etc…
So, with all that information you decide what you are going to do. It is up to you. I know as sad as it sounds I will continue to drink milk, but I love milk and I may look into a better alternative because it does weigh heavy on my conscious when it crosses my mind that I am supporting a cruel and evil industry.