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For the mothers who give us our milk : Comments

By George Seymour, published 6/5/2011

On Mother's Day all mothers, not just those who are human, have a claim on our attentions.

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Interesting article. I have always thought it odd and unexplainable why drinking milk specifically formulated for an infant of a radically different species is considered normal or even healthy. Whilst most people would think it odd to grab a dog or a cat and starting drinking her milk the acceptability of drinking from a cow is beyond question however I donít think consumers are aware that cows only make milk after they give birth and that this has to occur over and over.
Posted by Q Ball, Friday, 6 May 2011 7:53:14 AM
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Now there's a new business opportunity, we'll call it milk blend....and place the usual packaging codes....."From local and imported ingredients:) however mothers in maturity wards want be that forth coming:)

LEA
Posted by Quantumleap, Friday, 6 May 2011 10:04:42 AM
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Now there's a new business opportunity, we'll call it milk blend....and place the usual packaging codes....."From local and imported ingredients:) however mothers in maternity wards wont be that easily forth coming:) Colostrum is not substitute cows milk, although I feel a little Animals right tag in there somewhere.

LEA
Posted by Quantumleap, Friday, 6 May 2011 10:58:24 AM
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Okay so the govt gives us all two acres of land and we can have a house cow for milk each day hanging out with its offspring (I think they only need to have one in a lifetime Q) for those of us that like cow milk. Why hasnít the dairy industry come up with a hormone shot that induces milk production? They did for humans.

We have the govt wanting to take babies off teenage mums at an age their offspring are likely to be still breastfeeding. How about for Human Mothers Day we query the cruelty of that one.
Posted by Jewely, Friday, 6 May 2011 11:25:19 AM
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If cows were designed and manufactured by humans they would only need to have one offspring in order for them to produce milk for the rest of their lives. Or perhaps we could genetically engineer them to not even need to have one calf. However they are animals who like humans create milk for a purpose...the provision of fats and nutrients to their infants. This is why every year a cow must be artificially impregnated and then separated from her offspring. I dont think there is any way around it...if we want their milk we have to impregnate them (and it is done artifically by humans, gross) and then take the calf. If we left the calf with the mother he or she might drink too much milk and not leave enough for us.
Posted by Marto, Friday, 6 May 2011 12:28:10 PM
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Gee what a depressing article!

I assume the author is a vegan, and has never used any animal products for any reason?

Humans have used cows milk for many thousands of years, and I doubt it will stop any time soon.

Are we all supposed to stop eating/drinking dairy products now?
I really don't see the point of this article.
Posted by suzeonline, Friday, 6 May 2011 7:39:40 PM
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