Many non-dairy milks avail­able

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Views - Jen­nifer White Me­dia and Part­ner­ships Co­or­di­na­tor Peo­ple for the Eth­i­cal Treat­ment of An­i­mals

WORLD Plant Milk Day takes place this week (Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 22), and this year, more peo­ple than ever will be avoid­ing dairy “prod­ucts” and reach­ing for al­ter­na­tives that are kinder to the en­vi­ron­ment, hu­man health, and an­i­mals. Re­search in­di­cates that the num­ber of ve­g­ans in Bri­tain has risen by 700 per cent in just the last two years.

Milk pro­duc­tion has a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment, ac­count­ing for 20 per cent of animal agri­cul­ture’s green­house­gas emis­sions and around four per cent of to­tal global emis­sions. In the UK alone, 1.8 mil­lion cows are ex­ploited for their milk.

On dairy farms, cows are forcibly im­preg­nated via ar­ti­fi­cial in­sem­i­na­tion, only for their beloved ba­bies to be torn away from them so the milk that na­ture in­tended for them can in­stead be con­sumed by hu­mans. Both mother cows and their calves are emo­tion­ally trau­ma­tised by this sep­a­ra­tion.

Hu­mans are the only species on the planet to d drink an­other animal’s milk and the only one to drink milk be­yond wean­ing age. Any­one ready to be weaned can o opt for one of the many non-dairy milks – made from soya beans, al­monds, oats, rice, co­conuts, and other plants – that are read­ily avail­able at vir­tu­ally ev­ery su­per­mar­ket, health-food store, and cor­ner shop and which of­fer all the taste but none of the cru­elty (or choles­terol) of cows’ milk.

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