Is Your Flat White Killing Calves?

Posted by on May 16, 2024 | Permalink

Next time you grab a cup of coffee, take a moment to reflect on the fate of calves. Every morning, you can choose to spare loving mother cows and their babies suffering and an agonising death by simply ditching dairy.

PETA’s new billboard is a reminder of the plight of babies in the dairy industry. Following reports of a complaint by a compassionate customer that a shop selling coffee at Bolton railway station didn’t offer any vegan milk options, PETA placed the anti-dairy ad in the town centre to reach those en route to the station:

Nigel Newton Photography.

Bolton station can help commuters make compassionate choices by adding delicious and humane plant milks to all café menus.

The True Price of Your Morning Coffee

The story of the splash of dairy milk in a cup of coffee starts with a cow being artificially inseminated.

Andrew Skowron / We Animals Media

Like all mammals, cows need to have been pregnant in order to produce milk, and shortly after birth, farmers separate the calves from their mothers.

Cows’ mammary secretions are then sold and consumed by humans.

Andrew Skowron / We Animals Media

Like animals of all species, cows form strong maternal bonds with their calves – on dairy farms, mother cows can be heard frantically crying out for their babies for several days after they have been separated.

Male calves, who are not considered useful to the dairy industry, may be shot in the head soon after birth or sentenced to a short, miserable life before being killed and carved up for veal.

Most female calves will endure the same fate as their mothers: they’ll be used as milk machines until their bodies give out and they’re slaughtered for cheap meat.

When you pay for dairy in your coffee, you’re essentially paying for calves to be abused and killed.

Help Calves – Always Choose Vegan Milk

Choosing compassion over cruelty is as easy as having oat or soya milk in your morning coffee. In addition, non-dairy milks are better for the environment and contain none of the artery-clogging animal fat and cholesterol of cows’ milk.

There’s a huge range of options available, so we’ve put together this handy guide to some of the best vegan milks available in the UK – and how to use them:

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