Cows are forcibly impregnated once every year so that they continually produce milk. Sometimes this procedure is done on a device known to the dairy industry as a “rape-rack.” The artificial insemination process involves a farmer inserting the entire length of his arm into the cow’s rectum to position its uterus, while they force an instrument into its vagina to inject the semen.
Their male newborns are usually taken away at birth and hastily castrated. They spend the remainder of their lives locked in a space barely bigger than their body while remaining tied down to prevent any new muscle growth. They are never allowed to walk or move freely and are fed an artificial liquid diet to produce the pale colored flesh sold as veal. The newborn females are taken and raised with surrogate mothers to become dairy cattle themselves when they are of age. When the adult cows stop producing milk or become “spent” they are usually sold to slaughterhouses. Less than fifty percent of dairy cows live past seven years of age, with twenty-five percent being slaughtered before the age of three. The natural lifespan of a cow is twenty to twenty-five years.