Sunday, September 26, 2010
Just a bit down the road and on the other side, someone stood dressed as a cow. The cow advertised an Oberweis ice cream shop, a local chain related to Oberweis Dairy, which gets its milk from 40 dairy farms in Wisconsin and Illinois.
Unfortunately, these costumed characters entice people to patronize these businesses and hide the reality behind them.
Each cute puppy in a pet store comes from parents who spend their lives in cages, unsocialized and unloved.
Each milkshake, ice cream cone or gallon of milk one buys comes from cows who are impregnated for the sole purpose of lactating. Their male calves are taken from them and usually sold for veal. Their female calves are destined to repeat their mothers' cruel fate. When a cow's milk production wanes and she's no longer profitable, she's sold for hamburger.
I admit it -- I'm a sucker for animals, even costumed ones. But I'm no longer a sucker when it comes to cruelty to animals. Don't you be one either. Don't be taken in by cute images of animals that only serve to mask the suffering behind animal industries.