See the Individual
If it’s allowed to proceed, there will be around 23,000 cows on this mega farm, but each one is an individual with a unique personality. Cows have unique characters, just like us. They form friendships and even hold grudges against one another. They’re also very smart – they can remember the faces of a hundred other cows. They’re clean and love being groomed and caring for their babies. But on this farm, they wouldn’t be able to experience anything that is natural or important to them.
Mega Farms Cause Misery
Did you know that cows only produce milk for their babies? Dairy farms treat these gentle mothers as milk machines. To ensure they continuously lactate, they are forcibly impregnated again and again until their bodies collapse. Their calves are taken away from them within 36 hours of birth, causing grief and anguish to both mother and baby. Mother cows often bellow for their young for several days afterwards. Tragically, their daughters are destined to endure the same fate – the relentless cycle of forced impregnation, birth, and loss.
They are bred to produce high volumes of milk, and as a result, suffer from painful udder inflammation, or mastitis, which leads to higher levels of pus and bacteria in their milk.
Once they’re no longer producing high volumes of milk, they are sent to the abattoir and killed.
Catastrophic Environmental Consequences
Animal agriculture is a leading cause of climate change, and building new farms – especially one of this size – would have a catastrophic impact on the environment. Cows release huge volumes of methane – a greenhouse gas 30 times more potent than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere – which massively contributes to the climate crisis.
This farm would also destroy nearby water sources by contaminating them with filthy farm run-off. Spain was recently taken to court by the EU due to the amount of livestock waste being leaked into the soil, causing the legal limit for soil nitrates to be exceeded. The reason that thousands of dead fish washed up on Spain’s south-eastern coastline in 2021 has been proven to be predominately the introduction of run-off from intensive farming and the collapse of aquatic ecosystems due to a lack of oxygen in the water.
Mad Cow Disease Hazards
Mad cow disease – which originated from filthy, intensive farming – is still a threat today. This farm would be a breeding ground for disease and could lead to a catastrophic epidemic similar to that of the 1990s, in which over 4 million cows were slaughtered and 178 people died. We must learn from this and the spread of other zoonotic diseases, such as COVID-19.
Cows don’t deserve to be raped and exploited for their milk. Only calves need cows’ milk – humans can thrive on vegan milks, such as oat or soya. Please take action now by sending a message to the mayor of Noviercas urging him to stop these plans.