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5 December 2001 Issue
NotMilk

By Robert Cohen - i4crob@earthlink.net 

This column is dedicated to a special dairy farmer, a woman who sees truth in almost every aspect of life, save one.

I've been to this dairywoman's farm. I've had dinner with her family. I know that she purchases milk in cartons from stores for her own personal consumption.

Talk about bringing coal to Newcastle, or having all the tea in China and drinking the massed produced broken orange blossom supermarket brand. Her personal choice becomes fodder for a future psychological commentary. Why will she not drink the body fluids from her own animals like most dairymen do? Although I am aware of how very much she loves her cows, she has successfully closed her mind to the pain and suffering that ends the lives of each gentle creature who resides on her farm.

There will come a point in today's column when she will be unable to read any more. I love this woman because she cares about so many things, and possesses the vision to see. She is indeed a rarity among men (and women).

On one hand, she calls to many of her animals by name. One the other hand, she considers each of her creatures agricultural units, rather than sentient beings who each have the ability to experience pain, feel emotions and form attachments to their offspring, and experience the terror of death by being taken from the only life they knew, being stuffed into trucks, going to death camps (slaughterhouses) and receiving stunning blows to their heads and knives to their throats.

She injects many of her cows with the genetically engineered bovine growth hormone, despite knowing the pain these animals must endure as a result of rbGH-treatment.

She will read today's column, and realize that I am right, and continue to close her mind to the truth which will one day haunt her.

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WARNING TO ALL: You do not want to read this column if your superego cannot handle animal abuse.

Imagine your internal organs exploding from within. If you continue to enjoy dairy products, the picture I am about to paint for you will be hazardous to your psyche.

During the approval process for rbGH, Monsanto's genetically engineered bovine growth hormone (now in America's cheese, ice cream, and milk), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) determined that growth hormone treatment was perfectly safe and painless for dairy cows.

Both Monsanto and FDA claimed that rbGH injections were safe for dairy cows. Stolen internal confidential documents (published by the dairy industry newsletter MILKWEED) prove otherwise.

Imagine an 1800 pound cow losing more than six percent of her body weight (over 100 pounds) during one year of milking.

During that weight loss, what would you guess would be the effect on her body organs? Would the organs also shrink or remain the same size?

Imagine that same new miracle diet for women, approved by FDA. All you have to do is receive an injection of growth hormones every two weeks as dairy cows do. You weigh 150 pounds at the beginning of your diet, and after one year weigh just 141 pounds. What do imagine would happen to your liver and heart? How about your adrenal gland or thyroid?

How about a woman's ovaries? Would they remain the same size or shrink proportionally to her overall body mass?

SHOCKING RESULTS

While stressed dairy cows lost weight, their body organs grew enormously!

Adrenal glands squirt adrenaline into a mammal's system during stressful events. This powerful chemical is responsible for the "fight or flight" response.

Cows treated with low doses of rbGH lost an average of 90 pounds, but their adrenal glands grew by a factor of 21% over the control group (cows not treated with rbGH). The medium dose group experienced increases of 46%, while the high dosed group had adrenal growth of 51%.

The thyroid gland is responsible for regulating metabolism. The low dose group experienced 7% growth increases. The medium dose group experienced a 17% increase, while the high dose group experienced a 61% increase over controls.

Liver and heart weights increased by double-digit factors in the medium and high dose groups. Ovary weights increased in excess of twenty percent in all three groups.

If FDA learned of these adverse effects in a human medicine, they would immediately remove that hazardous poison from the market place.

This is dangerous, folks. To cows and humans. We drink their body fluids. We drink their hormones. Their adverse effects become ours.

No biological effects? Here are the actual data:

CONTROL LOW MEDIUM HIGH
GROUP DOSE DOSE DOSE

TOTAL WEIGHT 1591 lbs 1501 1509 1487

THYROID 1.24 ozs 1.33 1.45 2.00
LIVER 23.9 lbs 23.9 27.0 26.8
HEART 7.5 lbs 7.5 9.0 9.0
ADRENAL 1.15 ozs 1.39 1.68 1.73
KIDNEY 3.7 lbs 4.1 5.1 5.3
OVARY 0.82 ozs 0.99 1.07 1.10

I cannot forgive the scientists who saw the truth and urged approval of a treatment that allows the animals to live in pain for the sake of their company profits.

I cannot forgive the government regulators who benefit by the revolving door policy created by pharmaceutical companies who hire regulators with high paying jobs that continues a rotten system. These regulators had to have seen the scientific evidence. What turned them deaf, dumb, and blind to the truth?

I cannot forgive the dairy farmers who pretend to care for their animals, while administering dose after dose of internal pain.

When man learns an evil truth, however painful that truth may be, he loses his innocence and is no longer naive. There is just one single moment of truth when that educated man steps over his threshold, separating all that is good from all that is evil. Once over the line separating the ethical from the non-ethical, there is no recapturing one's dignity.

The innocent animals continue to explode from within from man's biotechnically induced torture treatments.

Robert Cohen
http://www.notmilk.com 

Follow-up column:

This morning, I dedicated my NOTMILK column to a dairywoman:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/notmilk/message/744 

I wrote:

"On one hand, she calls to many of her animals by name. One the other hand, she considers each of her creatures agricultural units, rather than sentient beings who each have the ability to experience pain…"

"If you continue to enjoy dairy products, the picture I am about to paint for you will be hazardous to your psyche."

"Imagine an 1800 pound cow losing more than six percent of her body weight (over 100 pounds) during one year of milking...stressed dairy cows lost weight, their body organs grew enormously... The high dosed group had adrenal growth of 51% while the high dose (thyroid gland) group experienced a 61% increase over controls…Liver and heart weights increased by double-digit factors in the medium and high dose groups...Ovary weights increased in excess of twenty percent…"

"I cannot forgive the dairy farmers who pretend to care for their animals, while administering dose after dose of internal pain."

THE DAIRYWOMAN'S RESPONSE:

"I do not see pain where you see pain. If you choose to judge me, that's your prerogative."

"Serenity died one year ago, of old age and natural causes. She was 14 years old. She was a cow. My cow. I'm still in pain."

"You paint very unrealistic pictures. I can laugh at your paintings because they are comic strips."

MY FINAL COMMENT:

She does not see pain where I see pain, but she is still in pain for one cow, while ignoring the pain of thousands.

I respect her request not to name her, or list her EMAIL address.

Should you wish to send her a message, please do so by visiting the NOTMILK guestbook.

To read or sign my guestbook:

http://www.notmilk.com/gbookmen.html

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