Cow's Milk: What's In It For You?

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People are not going to care about animal conservation unless they think that animals are worthwhile.
— David Attenborough

Have you heard the term: "You big fat, cow" ( which refers to a overweight person ) or "What a cow" ( which refers to  a woman acting less than graciously ). These and other derogatory terms have been used to hurt and describe what is suppose to be natural Bovine traits? Humans have been drinking  cow ( sheep and goats ) milk for centuries. These are staples of diets which span cultures and ethnicities. Whether frozen ( Ice cream ) clotted ( cream ) cultured ( yogurt ) or fermented ( cheese ) evidence suggests and research has proven that the long term consumption of another animals milk is not safe for human consumption.

Please consider:

1. Animal agriculture is the leading driver of deforestation yet little is mentioned on the mission statements of well established environmental groups ( is the possible crippling their fundraising efforts from meat eaters a factor? ).

2. In the poorest countries food that could go toward feeding humans is fed to the mass breeding of farm animals which the same poor people don't have access too!.

3. Grass Fed Beef ( truly a marketing ploy with smiling kids and all ) is not environmentally sustainable how many virgin pastures remain in the US to feed the insatiable hunger for meat?

4. It takes three times as much water to feed a farm animal in factory farms than it does for human to remain hydrated.


A cow aka Bovine produces milk to feed her small young calf ( so he or she may grow to be a big Bovine ). If you add up the salt sugar, hormones, protein and other nutrients / ingredients meant for the little fellow they all add up to produce a animal who could grow up to~ 220lbs. Unless you play for the NFL or has aspirations to be a Sumo wrestler 210 is not ( most humans ) a ideal weight:).

Why would humans believe this is 100% safe for their children?

FACT: Cows are Herbivores Humans? Omnivores

Why would you think disease / delayed healing from trauma and or genetic ( and generational ) anomalies would not result from the prolonged drinking of another animals milk ( which was not designed for a growing child's consumption )?

"But, humans have been drinking cows milk for centuries"

FACT: disease / illness and genetic anomalies have coincided with our consumption of animal milk ( and milk products ).

"My family has been dairy farmers forever we never got sick from drinking milk".

Environmental and other triggers affect the body differently b for example one man smokes a pack of cigarettes a day and lives to be 90 another smokes one and gets lung cancer - why take the chance?

"Hey I'm a "cheese head" and proud of it my wife makes a killer casserole with cheese my kids love it".

Baked orange triangles with mulitsyllablic chemical names are a big hit too but that does not mean consuming them on a long term bases will not be without negative health consequences.


FACT: A noted Wisconsin dairy farm raised MD explicitly states in the film that he has seen women for:

cervical and breast cancer mysterious lumps, skin tags and other abnormalities and men for gynecomastia "man boobs", which he believes is caused in part by the consumption of Bovine milk.

You decide. Milk and the animal that produced it, not be "what's for dinner". Check out In the film "Cowspiracy" from executive producer Leonardo DiCaprio, you'll be glad you did.



What is Dog Whistle Politics?

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Has someone whistled at you to get your attention? Have you heard the expression: " You, Dog!" or "Dog, Breath" or "That looks like Dog Food!" or I wouldn't treat a dog that way!" you're not alone. People have been using disparaging ways to hurt people by calling them or their actions in the name of Dogs since our canine friends became constructions of mad and wanna be genetic scientists. BTW if you can hear like a dog, consider yourself fortunate. Dogs can hear things other animals can not their sensitivity to sound may be part of origin of Dog Whistle Politics. Today on You, Animal! we discuss the widely used Dog Whistle Politics a practice incorporated in many ( if not all ) political and advertising campaigns. 
Because politics has taken center stage on news platforms, dinner tables and throughout neighborhood coffee houses, pubs and pizzarias we thought it appropriate to find the meaning in the term:

"According to William Safire, the term "dog whistle" in reference to politics may have been derived from its use in the field of opinion polling. Safire quotes Richard Morin, director of polling for The Washington Post, as writing in 1988, "subtle changes in question-wording sometimes produce remarkably different results.... researchers call this the 'Dog Whistle Effect': Respondents hear something in the question that researchers do not", and speculates that campaign workers adapted the phrase from political pollsters."

Use in Australia since around 1997.
The dog-whistle analogy was drawn from Australian sheep-farming, where a farmer uses a whistle which is only audible to one dog. This idea was taken over into political contexts as a way of describing a message aimed exclusively at one section of the electorate.- ( Stack )

Dog in language usage often applied in derogatory fashion ( "You, Dog!" for example ) is common in many languages despite fact based evidence a dog Canis lupus familiaris - would never use "Dog Whistle Politics" on humans:). 
DWP has no pure bred heritage and can be traced to agriculture and unsavory / hurtful political word play. 
More about the negative history of Dog Whistle Politics from Wiki…

Mouse In The House?

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The early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese.
— John Paxman

Mice have lived among humans since we moved from the sea into caves. Mice are responsible for picking up the tiny bits of refuse many people leave behind. Has anyone ever referred to you as a "mouse" (meaning you are sneaky )  or called you "mousy" ( meaning you are less than desirable and unattractive ) Are you familiar with the saying: "You  dirty rat"? ( made popular by Edward G Robinson. 

Did you know they are little gymnasts?

Mice are good jumpers, climbers and swimmers. In fact, mice can jump a foot into the air, allowing them to easily climb up onto kitchen counters or into pantries to access food. To prevent mice and other pests from getting into your food, store all pantry items items in hard, plastic containers with a tightly sealed lid.

... And little Houdinis!

Mice can squeeze through openings as small as the size of a dime. This means that a small crack or opening on the exterior of your home (such as where utility pipes enter) is like an open door for mice. Prevent mice from gaining access to your home by sealing any openings on the exterior with a silicone caulk. You can also fill gaps and holes inside your home with steel wool.

The next time someone calls you a mouse, smile mice have helped save the lives of millions of people by giving their lives to science.