As activists, we know that animal use industries disproportionately exploit the bodies of female animals, forcing them to go through cycle after cycle of pregnancy, birth, sometimes a brief period of nursing their young, then separation so that their babies can be raised for meat, fur, or sold as pets, or, in the case of the dairy industry, simply so that the mothers' milk can be collected for human consumption.
We know this. What we know now more than ever, however, is how little this is known among non-activists, and how strong a message it is. The grief mothers feel at having their babies taken from them resonates with people not familiar with animal issues. To help people make the connection, keep telling the stories of the mothers who lose their babies to these industries. People are learning, they're listening. By sharing the grief of the mothers who have already suffered this loss, we can help stop future generations of animals from feeling this pain.
Photo: Family-run dairy farm, shortly before this calf was taken from her mother. Spain, 2010.
Jo-Anne McArthur/We Animals