WATCH: What the Dairy Industry Does to Baby Cows

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Vegan TV presenter Jasmine Harman provides a glimpse into the lives of cows on dairy farms in a video that isn’t graphic or bloody – but is heartbreaking.

This cow’s anguish and helplessness as her baby is taken away, never to be returned to her, is something every mother can relate to. The host of A Place in the Sun narrates the video:

In the natural order of things, his mother would begin to suckle him, and he would bond with her. However, on all dairy farms, including organic ones, they are torn away from her shortly after birth, so that the milk intended for them can instead be consumed by humans.

The cycle of cruelty never stops for these animals. And as Jasmine points out, humans are the only species that drinks the milk of another species.

Join Jasmine and take a stand against cruelty to animals by choosing alternatives to cows’ milk, such as soya, oat or almond milk. For tips on cruelty-free living, request a free vegan starter kit by filling out the form below.


  • Lisa commented on November 19, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    So devastating – it really confirms that there is no way to drink milk with a clear conscience.

    • peter page commented on January 6, 2016 at 9:05 am

      us humans are cruel we kill everything , we hurt everything in this world

  • Jackie Schmidts commented on November 19, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    I disagree with your positions regarding animals. They are for humans to eat, experiment on and wear. Cow calves are not pets, they are for human use, they are cattle. They do not experience human emotion or thought, they are not intelligent. Taking them away from their mothers is necessary. Please stop your actions, positions and negative comments against the dairy production industry. Every day, animals all across the earth eat each other, it is the way of nature. Humans have the right to do what they want to other animals. Milk provides essential nutrients and vitamins humans need. Plus milk and dairy products taste great. Got Milk? 🙂

    • Dana Franchitto commented on November 28, 2015 at 4:56 pm

      you’re joking ,right? ,,, right?

    • louise drew commented on November 28, 2015 at 11:22 pm

      we are the only mammal to drink milk when fully grown and that isnt even milk for human digestion have you never seen a yearling single sucked calf being licked and groomed by its mother and heard the pitiful lowing of the cow when her calf is weaned .

    • RFCOLLYER commented on November 29, 2015 at 11:39 am

      I agree with you. I wish that the person who made the video would get here facts right before making such videos

    • Irene Leggett commented on December 10, 2015 at 10:00 pm

      Obviously YOU must work in the dairy industry. Anything to try and JUSTIFY the blatant inhumanity that is being inflicted onto ALL factory farmed animals and birds. Go and crawl back under your rock or in your muck-filled, airless, filthy barn where you keep your cattle, not forgetting to pump them full of chemicals, over-breeding them, leaving them untreated for any illness or sickness, and then when you have completely depleted and worn out their bodies, send them off to the cruel, brutal workers that work in the slaughterhouses so they can finish off abusing the animals as well.

      • Lucy commented on January 4, 2016 at 12:50 am

        Perfectly put Irene…

      • Isobel Kidd commented on January 6, 2016 at 1:28 pm

        Brilliantly voiced…

    • Terry Callow commented on January 3, 2016 at 12:11 pm

      You are Heartless if you believe animals are here for us to do what we like. They have as much right to life as we have and because we can do these things to them, doesn’t make it right. IF you believe in the teachings of the Bible then except it was written for people in distant times when things were harder and different. Today it has become BIG business for the slaughtering of animals for food, leather etc. It has become one massive killing machine, without thought of care compassion empathy. Only money do they think about and you know what Jesus said about money? The world would be a loving more wonderful place to live IF MAN stopped the cruelty he imposes on animals for fun, sport, food. clothing. All life is precious.

    • Andy Le May commented on January 5, 2016 at 8:01 pm

      Jackie. We are all animals for sure, but a difference is that, as humans, we can clearly see and feel the damage we cause, if we choose to look. We have foresight, and our choices mean we shape the future. Why would you want your choices to cause pain in others? Everything in nature is cyclic, which means what you give to the world comes back at you. Hold no delusions as to the effect of your actions. You don’t need to anthropomorphise to experience the pain, sadness or squalor of our treatment other animals, and in this includes people. Much of this is done behind closed doors, hidden from sight and sanitised on supermarket shelves. I grew up on a farm and had to kill animals. It is something that I never wish to repeat and I will not pay someone to do it for me so I don’t have to see it. To move on as a race we need to say goodbye to the abuse of others for gain. It is that simple.

    • Isobel Kidd commented on January 6, 2016 at 1:27 pm

      You are a moron if this is the way you think, waken up into the real work, open you flipping eyes to the injustice and cruelty animals are put through EVERY DAY!! We can survive and live healthier lives without harming a single creature. Animals have to fear people with your mindset.

    • Emily commented on May 3, 2016 at 7:44 pm

      Jackie, how could you be so obtuse. All animals value their lives and look towards people for protection. How is a calf any different from a puppy? I believe that it is just your stereotype over that animal that puts it in the position it is in, to go through a short life of brutality. Who gave you the right to play God; to take a life so easily? You only eat that animal for very negative reasons.

      You also claim, that it is the way of nature for people to callously condemn animals to a brutal murder to serve the purpose of being put on your plate. However, you could not be more wrong because people have proved that plant based diets are healthier and inexpensive. It is just because you cannot be bothered to care about that animal when you tuck into your piece of meat.

      Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on or exploit for our amusement.
      I am outraged that you think any different.

  • Brenda Manuel-Warner commented on November 22, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    Thank you for such an eye opener of how calves are treated I really was not aware they were separated at birth. I have not drunk cows milk for years only have soya.

  • Cristina Economides commented on November 22, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    Cruel human nature, was explained by Freud!

    Humans are the worst living beings on this earth!

  • J.Mitchell commented on November 23, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    In all my years I have been alive and amongst humans, I have found them to be the worlds worst species. Some are even worse than others, which is evident to be seen in the horrific way in which they treat animals. It is shocking that after all those years of evolution there still remains some individuals who haven’t evolved and still behave like neanderthal savages. In a modern-day society one would expect that scientists would have, by now, found a different way of obtaining a substancial, solid meal without killing animals for meat, and a suitable milk substitute etc. But maybe the situation is that they are not really bothered to even try. So meanwhile too many good, innocent animals are being abused, brutalised, exploited and horrifically murdered, day after day. It is a horrendous nightmare which needs to end. And it is long overdue for man to become civilized. Not too much to expect.

  • bella commented on November 29, 2015 at 8:42 am

    if at all an alien lands on earth , does human farming as he does not understand our brain frequency and what we talk.
    decides we are not having emotions as we are lower beings and kills us a how it wishes, that probably will open many peoples eyes.

  • Marian Hale commented on November 29, 2015 at 9:38 am

    I found this so heartbreaking I did’nt realise that the newborn calves were removed from their mothers like this so soon after birth!!
    It is inhuman , we as a species have a lot to answer for.
    I will be looking for an alternative to dairy milk to consume in my coffee and tea from now on.
    This barbaric treatment needs to be stopped now.

  • Joanne Howard commented on November 29, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    It’s inhumane how this happens all this cruelty is heartbreaking

  • Daniela commented on December 2, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    Hay que cuidar a los animales

  • Diana Luzzatto commented on December 7, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    Go vegan!

  • Kim commented on January 3, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Heart Breaking!

  • lorraine lewis commented on January 5, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    It is NOT our right to end the life of ANY living being, and if you think I’m incorrect, you need to research deeply and wake up to the horrendous cruelty inflicted onto innocent animals.

  • Maureen King commented on March 3, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    Me and my husband have been not eating meat for the past ten years, but we are now thinking about being a vegan, as we are now against all ill treatment to all animals. I could never understand why people can sleep at night knowing that animals are killed in such cruel conditions. We support all animal welfare groups, now we fully intend to become a vegan.

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