Published 5 April 2019
A poster campaign by The Collective, an Australian dairy brand, was spotted by a vegan activist recently. The copy read ‘we make great dairy… no bull’.
This play on ‘no bullsh**’ and male cattle, is in bad taste from an industry that exploits these kind creatures.
Through years of cultural conditioning and clever advertising by the dairy industry, society as a whole seems to have forgotten that a cow can only lactate if she has been pregnant. Just like every other mammal, the purpose of a cow’s milk is for her newborn baby to drink.
So what happens when humans want to drink her milk instead? What happens when we want a cow’s milk for making cheese or ice cream? The mother cow’s baby will be separated from her. If the baby is a girl, she will be raised to become a cow exploited for dairy too. If the baby is a boy, called a bobby calf, who will never produce milk himself, he is seen as a ‘waste product’ of the industry, and serving no financial purpose, is killed.
When The Collective say no bull, they really mean it. There are no bulls in dairy, at least not alive for long anyway.
Currently there is a ‘ditch dairy’ campaign which through satirical mimicking of The Collective’s advertisement for cruel products, sets the record straight.
‘Dairy means… no bull
Over 500,000 baby male cows killed annually in Australia for dairy’
This quote comes from numbers shared by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. This statistic is even potentially an understatement, with other reputable sources quoting deaths up to 700,000 per year.
In a time where we are seeing a scared dairy industry attempt to sue vegan businesses for ‘falsely advertising’ their plant based products as ‘milk’ (cashew milk, soy milk, etc.) because they come from plants and not exploited cows, this is a welcome dose of truth in advertising.
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