Not Your Mum, Not Your Milk

In the most recent podcast from Animal Voices, author, vegan, and animal activist Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson shares a story about a time he visited a dairy farm.

image courtesy For the Animals Sanctuary

“I went to UC Davis to visit the dairy farm there, and a woman graduate student, who was pregnant, was taking me and my family through the facility. And I heard this crying.

I said, ‘Oh, what’s that?’

And the student responded, ‘Oh, that’s the calf who’s been taken from her mother. She’s crying and she wants to go back.’

And there was the mother cow, crying as well, and they were talking to each other, basically saying, ‘I want my baby, I want my mommy.’

‘Is that what they’re saying?’ I asked her.

‘Oh yes, definitely.’

I said, ‘Let me ask you this. How do you, as a pregnant woman, feel about doing this to this animal?’

She stopped for a minute, and she looked a little bit dazed.

She said, ‘Well, what do you mean?’

I said, ‘How would you feel if as soon as your baby is born somebody takes the baby away and says, “I don’t want this baby to have your breast milk. We’re packaging your breast milk and selling it in Asia, and you’re not allowed to see your baby now.”

She said, ‘Yeah, well, I never thought of it that way.’

I said, ‘Well, you really should because that’s exactly what’s happening here on this dairy farm.’”

To listen to the full podcast wherein Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson discusses his latest book “Beasts,” visit the Animal Voices website or download their podcast on your smart phone. To help end the cruelty inflicted on mother cows and their babies–and all animals around the world–please go vegan.

Check out the Veg Starter Kit offered by the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine as an easy way to get started with a vegan diet at your very next meal.

Originally published at on June 5, 2015.