To obtain milk from dairy cattle, cows are kept pregnant through artificial insemination to prolong lactation. Male calves are slaughtered at birth, sent for veal production or reared for beef. Female calves are separated from their mothers within 24–48 hours of birth and fed milk replacer, so that the cow’s milk is retained for human consumption. After five years or so they are slaughtered to be made into ground-meat products, although they might otherwise live for 20 years. The situation is similar with goats and their kids.
The main difference between a vegan and vegetarian diet is that vegans exclude eggs and dairy products; ethical vegans state that the production of eggs and dairy causes animal suffering and premature death. In both battery cage and free-range egg production, most male chicks are culled because they will not lay eggs and there is no financial incentive for a producer to keep them.
Wikipedia article on veganism.
I’ve been a non-strict vegan for several weeks and it has been mostly super easy and not to mention incredibly tasty too! I eat lots more fruit and veggies and I feel very energetic. Also LESS sluggish and depressed.
There have been situations where I could not be strict which related to work or a family dinner where I do not want to disrespect the host. Also, the Netherlands is a meat and dairy driven country, it is hard to avoid sometimes.
I still want to figure out a way to be 100% high raw-vegan when I am busy and on the go. I would appreciate any tips on that.
Reading the above quote on Wikipedia stated in such a matter of fact way, made me cry. I have never cried about animal cruelty before, but I have become way more conscious about where our food comes from, and I cannot go back. The fact that this made me cry tells me that I am on the right track and I am proud of that!