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are unable even to turn around. Denied water and solid food, they are fed a diet consisting solely of an intentionally iron-deficient milk replacement, often containing antibiotics, which they typically lap up from a bucket twice a day. Veal is a by-product of the dairy industry that owes its existance to the surplus calves delivered by ten million dairy cows every year. Veal consumption has decreased from its peak of 3.5 pounds per capita to under one pound per capita in 1993, owing in large part to the public’s refusal to purchase inhumanely produced products such as milk-fed veal. Another by-product of the dairy industry is the downed animal- an animal who is too weak, ill, or injured to stand or walk without assistance. Burned-out dairy cows and newborn calves make up a

large percentage of downed animals, who often suffer from brutal treatment at livestock markets. Baby calves that cannot walk are often dragged or thrown and are trampled by other animals. Downed dairy cows are painfully dragged off trucks and across stockyards by chains or ropes tied around one leg. Both downed calves and cows are shocked with electric prods, kicked, and beaten during the transport and auction process in futile attempts to get them to move on their own. They are often left without food, water, or veterinary care, sometimes for days at a time, untill they either die or are loaded onto trucks yet again for a trip to slaughter. as many as 90 percent of downed animals could be prevented by simple improvements in management, handling, and transportation practices,

including keeping newborn calves on the farm of their birth for a minimum of five days before sending them to market. There are many health problems linked with eating beef and dairy products. Harvard scientists found that women who had beef, lamb, or pork as a daily main dish ran two and a half the risk of developing colon cancer as did those who ate the meats less than once a month. The conclusions are drawn from a study of 88,751 nurses that was begun in 1980. Eating beef has also been linked to heart disease, high blood pressure, and strokes. Drinking milk has been linked to asthma, allergies, intestinal bleeding, and juvenile diabetes. Cutting dairy products out of your diet gives you a greater chance of avoiding bronchial, respiratory, and stomach problems. Eating Beef, as

well as dairy products, has an extreme impact on the environment. Raising cows for beef has been linked to several environmental problems, such as Global Warming, and eating beef can worsen your health. The dairy industry puts not only your health in danger from consuming dairy products, but that of the cows who make them as well.