Reading Time: 2 minutes The dairy industry separates cows from their calves - many male calves are killed within 24 hours of being born (Photo: Adobe. Do not use without permission)
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Dairy is a feminist issue and consuming animal milk products ignores the right to bodily integrity that all females – regardless of species – should have, according to a professor at a top university.

Professor Sherry Colb, who teaches courses in animal rights and criminal law at Cornell University Law School, made the comments in a video shared by Million Dollar Vegan (MDV).

MDV is an advocacy organization that encourages and supports people to sign its 31-day pledge and give a plant-based diet a go. In the past, MDV has offered to make $1,000,000 dollar charity donations if Pope Francis and Donald Trump signed the pledge. Participants are offered a free Vegan Starter Kit featuring meal plans, tips on where to eat out, and answers to tricky questions.

Better to have loved and lost?

Speaking in the video, Prof Colb says: “I was thinking about this saying, ‘it’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all’. And I was thinking, well, maybe not. Maybe sometimes it’s better never to have loved at all. Particularly if you fall in love with somebody who’s immediately taken away. Then it’s worse to have loved and lost.

“If you didn’t produce these babies in the first place, then you wouldn’t have this incredible pain. There’s a biological thing that happens for most mammals when they give birth. They get very attached to the baby, and the baby gets very attached to them.

“It’s similar to what dairy cattle go through when they give birth, and immediately their babies are taken from them so that their milk can be given to the humans…Because [of this], nobody can claim that ‘the reason that we bond with our infants is cause we’re so intellectual’. It’s really a very, very physical thing and it’s true for the cows as well.”

Maria Chiorando

Maria is a news and features writer for Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle. She was previously the editor of Plant Based News for over 3 years.