Dairy - Animal Equality

Suffering in the dairy industry

A cycle of cruelty exists in every glass of milk. Our goal is to expose it.

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Dairy's Dark Secret

Cows in the dairy industry suffer their entire lives. From the moment they enter this world they are treated like commodities and often develop painful medical conditions.

Just like humans, cows only produce milk for their baby. In order for us to drink their milk, the calf is removed from the mother shortly after birth. Cows are forcibly impregnated every year, putting her and her calves through a cycle of cruelty that ends with their slaughter.

By the numbers


typical time calves
spend with their mother


of cows suffer
from lameness


male calves killed on
UK farms every year


cows are exploited
for their milk in the UK

Beyond the cruelty

Cruel dairy has devastating effects on the environment and can be damaging to our health.

Relevant campaigns

Cruelty is standard practice on dairy farms. The public deserves to know the reality inside this secretive industry. Animal Equality conducts investigations and education campaigns that help reduce animal suffering.

International ACHIEVEMENTS

The dairy industry is a cruel and secretive industry. But with your support, Animal Equality is exposing the truth and making progress for cows and their calves.

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