These calves are deliberately bred into existence only to be killed so their mothers will produce milk for another species. While local governing bodies claim this is to feed their nation, approximately 95% of milk produced in Aotearoa is exported to foreign markets.
Female calves are sentenced to the same bleak fate as their mothers, forced to suffer through the brutal process of artificial insemination to produce babies and milk until it is their turn to be slaughtered. Farmers may also shoot calves if they decide they won’t profit from exploiting them.
Dairy cows are forcibly impregnated and subjected to a torturous cycle of immense loss, fear, and pain over and over again. Cows have a natural lifespan of 15-20 years; however, once a cow’s milk production drops below the expected yield, they are no longer of value to dairy farmers. For many, this means that at around five years of age, they become one of the billions of animals capable of experiencing pain, joy, and love whose lives are cut drastically short at slaughter. But a longer life is not necessarily a happier life for a dairy cow. Those who are spared remain trapped in the industry, caught in the barbaric cycle of insemination, birth, and the inevitable abduction of up to ten babies over the course of their lifetime.