Milk and speciesism
Drinking the milk of another species, such as of cows and goats has
been widely accepted as normal and common practice even though humans
are the only species who nurse past infancy and drink milk of a
different species through adulthood. What would most people think if the
opposite happened and other species nursed on human breast milk?
Humans, through centuries, have been known to discriminate other
people on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, religious
beliefs, etc. However, most people do not realize that humans’ greatest
discrimination is against other species.
The 2 following articles, sent by Karen, one of our CVA sustaining
members, talk about acts of compassion across species: humans, with
their own breast milk, nursing puppies that had lost their mothers.
Interestingly, but not surprisingly, these women made the news for such
acts that are an every day thing with an important difference. These
women offered their milk to puppies that needed it for survival; while
everyday cows and other animals are milked not only without their
consent, but at the expense of their suffering and their offspring’s;
and without humans needing their milk for survival.
A Bolivian woman has saved an abandoned one-week-old puppy by
breastfeeding it. She found the dog in a rubbish dump in the town of
Cochabamba, reports the Los Tiempos newspaper. The woman, who has a
14-month-old daughter, is calling the puppy Manchitas. She said: "I will
give the dog my milk while I can. When it sucks, the puppy behaves like
a human baby, no difference at all. I think it's pretty natural."
A young Norwegian mother who took a litter of puppies to her own
breast when her dog died giving birth remains proud of her unusual move.
Now, six weeks later, both her infant son and eight of the puppies that
survived are crawling around the family's Christmas tree in Siggerud,
south of Oslo.
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