I came across the following image via social media. It depicts a poster placed in the window of a British cafe. The text of the poster reads:
This Is Why We're Ditching Dairy...
In celebration of Mothering Sunday, and so, in celebration of all mothers across the land, from this Mother's Day forth, we shall no longer sell coffees with cow's milk.
This poster will explain why we are doing this. There are alternatives, full of flavour and calcium; we can even pour hearts on your lattes with them.
Milk is of course a product of motherhood; until recently, we had not made this connection, and saw nothing wrong with using good quality milk.
In order to make milk, all animals, whether human or cow or otherwise, must have a child. Cows are pregnant with theirs for nine months, just as we are. The milk they produce is for their calf; in order for us to get it, the calf is taken away or killed, usually within a day or two. Free-range and organic, it doesn't change that fact. After several months of milking, her milk production drops, so she is made pregnant again. This will happen from the age of two to the average age of six, at which point most dairy cows become too exhausted, ill or infertile and are slaughtered for meat.
This is standard practise in the UK.
So from March 26th 2017 this cafe will have a completely vegan menu. Our intention is to make veganism delicious, convenient and accessible.
As far as I can tell, the poster makes several claims that can be empirically verified, so without further ado...
1. Are alternatives to cow milk as nutritious for human beings?
2. Is a cow's calf taken away or killed shortly after its mother has given birth to it?
3. Is the process that the poster describes above standard practice in the British dairy industry?
4. Is the process described above changed at all by organic or free-range methods?
PS. If someone could create the veganism tag for me, it'd be much appreciated. It's distinct from vegetarianism and I can see it being popular for as much as, if not many more, questions.