A beautiful exploited cow at Traders Point Creamery destined for slaughter.
I have watched with sadness as friends and acquaintances talk about Traders Point Creamery in Zionsville, IN and repeat typical buzz words like “organic”, “grass-fed”, “farm-to-table”, “humane” and “happy”. When I think of Traders Point, I typically think of words like “slaughter”, “veal” and “exploitation”.
So-called “humane” farms use similar marketing techniques to try to trick you into believing they have found the right way to do the wrong thing. Traders Point even takes part in the new trend of “agro-tourism” letting people pay money to tour their farm to show off their supposedly happy animals.
The Ugly Truth
In reality, the cows at Traders Point mostly meet the same fate as cows at other dairies. Consider:
- Mothers are repeatedly impregnated over the course of their entire lives so their milk production stays high.
- When they are no longer producing enough milk to be profitable, the mothers are sent to slaughter; the ultimate betrayal of trust after her body has been exploited for her entire life to produce milk and babies.
- The male calves are housed until they are ready to be shipped off and slaughtered for veal, or they are shipped away to other farms where they grow to early adolescence and are slaughtered for meat.
- The female calves await the same fate as their mothers, being exploited for what their bodies can produce until, like their mothers before them, they are shipped off to slaughter when they can no longer be profitable for the farm.