Earlier this winter, Andrew Jacobs of The New York Times asked the question “Is Dairy Farming Cruel to Cows?” In attempting to answer this, he focuses on the story of two dairy farms in upstate New York that are attempting to improve welfare standards to respond to, what Mr. Jacobs refers to as, the “growing anti-dairy movement.” In his case study of these two specific farms, Mr. Jacobs acknowledges that these models are not “easily replicable” elsewhere and will always require the slaughter of male calves, painful dehorning, repeated artificial insemination and the theft of mothers’ newborns. If even the…

Michael Swistara

Canadian-American law & policy student. Fighting for environmental, racial, species, and economic justice. PIC Abolitionist. Vegan. He/him.

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