Mother's Day

All animals have mothers

This Mother's Day, many of us will celebrate the powerful bond between mother and child. Tragically, one of the world-wide symbols of motherhood -- dairy cows -- never get to see or nurture their babies.

Newborn calves are torn from their mothers at birth, so we can seize and drink the milk that mother cows produce for them. The powerless, distraught mothers bellow for days, hoping in vain for their babies'

return. The babies are kept alive elsewhere, to soon become veal cutlets.

Some dairy cows spend their lives on a concrete floor, chained, with no outdoor access. To maintain their milk flow, they are artificially impregnated each year. At around four years of age,...