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Ahimsa Milk?

From Eating Consciously
April 2013

Sadly, Ahimsa Milk is not doing anything to tackle animal exploitation, in fact, they are making consumers feel more comfortable continuing to exploit animals for no necessary purpose because they believe they are “treated well.” If Ahimsa Milk was actually concerned about animal exploitation, they’d be advocating veganism, not selling animal products.

A company out of the UK has now taken the “humane” facade to a new level in an attempt to convince consumers to continue exploiting animals and treating them as chattel property. The organization sells a product they call “Ahimsa Milk,” which ensures that no cows are slaughtered for their dairy process. Fair enough, but what’s interesting is that they have the audacity to claim no animals were “exploited” either.

ahimsa milk dairy humaneFirst, let’s be completely clear that there is NO nutritional requirement for humans to consume the mammary secretions of another species and it actually benefits human health to select fortified plant-based milk alternatives. Let’s also acknowledge that the dairy industry in general inflicts grave amounts of suffering and death upon dairy cows and calves.

Basically, a cow, as like any other mammal, must be pregnant in order to produce milk for their young. Typically, to remain profitable, dairy farmers sell the male calves to produce veal and cheap leather goods and the females face the same exhausting fate as their mothers — forced to be impregnated over and over until they are literally “spent” and can no longer produce milk at which point they are sent to slaughter.

Now, back to the exploitation. Merriam-Webster defines exploitation as “to make productive use of” or “to make use of meanly or unfairly for one’s own advantage.” Based on the definition of the term, it’s truly quite astounding that Ahimsa Milk has the audacity to claim no cows are exploited in their process. Surely, they are. Ahimsa Milk is making productive use of cows, without their consent, by perpetuating an industry that inherently relies on turning animals into machines to produce a product for humans. This is the epitome of exploitation.

Surely, the fact that they are ensuring no cows are killed is a compassionate act, but why not complete the circle of compassion by not using animals at all? If people are truly interested in ensuring animals aren’t exploited, the only logical solution is to become vegan and choose plant-based milk products.

Sadly, Ahimsa Milk is not doing anything to tackle animal exploitation, in fact, they are making consumers feel more comfortable continuing to exploit animals for no necessary purpose because they believe they are “treated well.” If Ahimsa Milk was actually concerned about animal exploitation, they’d be advocating veganism, not selling animal products.