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Sham Yemul

Managing Director, Intellisoft Computer Consultants Pvt Ltd

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Drinking Cow/Buffalo or any animal's Milk is Ethical ?

I feel, we are doing UN-justice to animals getting milk from their for day-today food needs. Right from schools and child-hood, we have been taught to drink milk of animals, specially in India we have cow & buffalo milk.
When I realized that its meant for animals(their new born babies) and not for human beings, we are really doing un-justice. Should not we find an alternative for milk ? should not we teach children that its not ethical to grab milk of new born babies for human beings.
We modern science, and techniques, adding the automation, it has really became a life like living machine for animals

should not be there a right to the animals to refuse giving their milk for human beings for their day-today consumption ?

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      Jun 17 2013: Maybe it's just me LaMar but from reading these comments I get the impression we are not talking to county boys and girls. :)
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      Jul 2 2013: http://www.mercyforanimals.org/farm-to-fridge.aspx

      Cows are fully sentient, capable of pain and pleasure, fear and desire, families and friendships, just like humans. Dairy milk means the mother is raped with a metal rod repeatedly throughout her short life before she becomes a hamburger in order to be made permanently pregnant (excepting 2-3 months between pregnancies) and hooked up to a machine that sucks out pus and blood, and her babies are torn from her to suffer the same fate or become veal in their first week of life, so that we can drink her milk, which was in zero way meant for our bodies, instead. We treat other species as we would definitely NOT hope a species in our dominant position would treat us, which is morally hypocritical and unjustifiable.

      Additionally, animal products are unhealthy for us, the healthiest diet is plant-based nutrition (see veganbodybuilding.com to shatter any preconceived (culturally-enforced) notions about unhealthy veganism!). And on top of that, livestock require incredible amounts of water and their metabolisms take away from the food supply that could be used instead for the 1.5 million children who die of starvation every year (livestock use 1/3 of our arable land) -- and livestock contribute more to greenhouse gas emissions than transportation, so in terms of the disastrous effects of climate change, it is necessary for us to STOP consuming animal products.

      Ultimately, they do not need to suffer and die for us to live, so we must treat them as we would have those in power over us treat us.

      http://ageofequilibrium.tumblr.com/post/53818500851/why-vegan-a-comprehensive-rundown
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          Jul 2 2013: A) Vegan means NO animal products, but yeah I realize that some things I do not have consumer control over -- the point is to vote with our dollars as much as possible to do unto others as we would have them do to us were we the powerless ones. The only acceptable parameter is that which is necessary for survival (soo... very few people can claim that).

          B) Plants do not have central nervous systems nor brains, plants do not have the fundamentally identical neurological structures that you share with other vertebrates (and even invertebrates with brains, albeit on a much more rudimentary scale -- but even flies have dopamine for the experience of pleasure, and wasps respond with a fight impulse if you threaten them).

          C) What "crap"? You mean all this "information" that you would rather keep out-of-sight and out-of-mind, pretending you are not financially enabling it? You can never again use the excuse that you did not know. Feels great to be pulled out of your comfort zone and learn something new, doesn't it!! Now that we know better, we can do better :)
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          Jul 2 2013: If you responded to the informational answer I posted with guilt, that is because you understand that it is wrong to use and abuse others merely because they are powerless to you, but you are struggling with habits that have been trained into you. Veganism is the healthiest option, the most eco-friendly option, and the most ethical option. Win-win-win. Those are the benefits! :)
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          Jul 2 2013: Mhm. So if I were a child who had been a vegan for only a week, that would make livestock not responsible for more GHGs than transportation, would make animal products necessary for our health, and would make it perfectly reasonable for YOU to not do unto others as you would have those more powerful than you do to you? Kewl.

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