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User avatar #6 - gormless (07/13/2013) [-]
So uhh...a cow's average natural lifespan is 20 years, whereas a milking cow's average lifespan is 4 years. They get too weak and sick to continue producing milk so they are sent to a slaughterhouse.

So .... basically, milking is what killed them.
User avatar #196 to #6 - hydraetis (07/14/2013) [-]
That's ******** .

They die when you don't milk them, or if they don't have any calves to feed from them. Quite painfully, in fact.
#169 to #6 - anonymous (07/14/2013) [-]
Soo, I'm talking about factory farmed cow's milk, which is what most of you find in your grocery stores, which invalidates most of your arguments. Bring on the red thumbs.
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User avatar #73 to #6 - nicolbolas (07/13/2013) [-]
Riiiiight, dairy cows are kept happy so that they produce more milk, there aren't hormones to get a cow to produce more, besides they are awful for meat.
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User avatar #51 to #43 - imahugecunt (07/13/2013) [-]
-- However, the reason they wouldn't survive without us is because we have bred them that way. They wouldn't produce too much milk naturally.
User avatar #17 to #6 - createdjustnow (07/13/2013) [-]
you have your information backwards. a cow that isn't milked when it has the capability to produce milk, has it's utter over weight, and can cause infection leading to a shorter life. you have it backwards
#14 to #6 - neverunderstand (07/13/2013) [-]
So uhh...dairy cows aren't used for food. They enjoy being milked (like any lactating mammal), and typically die of old age or illness in 15-20 yrs.
So uhh...dairy cows aren't used for food. They enjoy being milked (like any lactating mammal), and typically die of old age or illness in 15-20 yrs.
User avatar #197 to #14 - cookiemonstrosity (07/14/2013) [-]
That's all true. But in a production setting, they are culled after they stop producing as much milk which is about 2 years old.

but I really don't care, I like my milk
#129 to #14 - anonymous (07/14/2013) [-]
you are in denial. When production/quality drops, they're sent to the slaughterhouse. They also constantly have to be made pregnant so that they keep producing milk.

I understand.

But please don't be ignorant, and before mentioning something, make sure it's true first.
User avatar #183 to #129 - adrianking (07/14/2013) [-]
Yes. That's some good advice.

You should take that into consideration.
#50 to #14 - anonymous (07/13/2013) [-]
Actually, to be able to lactate they have to be impregnated. Basically, the cows are being raped constantly to be able to produce milk/cheese.
User avatar #30 to #14 - lasmamoe (07/13/2013) [-]
"They enjoy being milked"

What a blissfully happy world you must live in.
Im not against the dairy industry, but in no way what so ever does a cow enjoy having extremely inflamed and infectious udders from constant milking.

They are also not very fond of being constanly impregnated, and repeatedly having their cattle taken away from them at birth.
#149 to #30 - anonymous (07/14/2013) [-]
Um, who cares, it's a ******* cow.
User avatar #82 to #30 - anthonyh (07/13/2013) [-]
You're so ******* stupid. If you have ever been within a hundred feet of a dairy farm you'd know what the **** you're talking about, which you don't.
#71 to #30 - neverunderstand (07/13/2013) [-]
Sure, some farms employ cruel practices, but not all of them. Certainly not enough to support your argument about 'inflamed and infectious udders'.

Also, like most mammals, a cow will produce milk as long as it is milked. Typically around 16 months (some women lactate for 10 years).

Having a baby every 1 1/2-2 years is not completely ridiculous. Especially when you consider that wild cattle mate 1-2 times per year.
User avatar #35 to #30 - sketchysketchist (07/13/2013) [-]
Only some factories milk their cattle into exhaustion with the machines.
But on a normal farm, the cows enjoy it.
And even with the machines some cows enjoy it as well.
Don't you enjoy it when people play with your nipples?
#52 to #35 - bigscarygary (07/13/2013) [-]
My dad grew up milking cows on his family farm. You have to milk a cow every day, at the same time of day, or they get discomfort. If you don't milk a cow for too long, it can get really sick, and then eventually will stop giving milk until it has a calf again. The cows were always gentle, they would let my dad pet them while he milked, and he could tell they liked it. They even lined up all by themselves in the same order, and would wait their turns. He said it was one of the easiest farming jobs he had, because the animals did most of the work for him.

Human women say the same thing about nursing. To them, it's euphoric to have the milk come out once a baby latches on. Personally, I think it's evolution: an animal tends to enjoy acts that aid in the survival of their species.
#178 to #52 - anonymous (07/14/2013) [-]
So take away from this story one thing: buy milk from the local farms if you can. They have happy cows.
User avatar #68 to #52 - sketchysketchist (07/13/2013) [-]
That's a pretty neat story.
I never knew cows were that smart and organized.

I think this is one of those moments where finding the vegan goes well.
User avatar #12 to #6 - timmywankenobi (07/13/2013) [-]
thats bull my old neighbor was a milk famer dude and he said his cows average life span was about 18 years, and then he went on and on about what type of feed and gass makes milk tase best and how to make sure the milk doesn't turn green etc.
User avatar #13 to #12 - timmywankenobi (07/13/2013) [-]
grass not gass.
#9 to #6 - mollike (07/13/2013) [-]
If you don't over milk them then they live their regular lifespan.
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