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China Poised to Condemn More Cows to Factory Farms

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Why would a nation where the majority of people are lactose intolerant want to increase its dairy consumption?

It seems perplexing, but that’s exactly what’s happening in China, a country that’s quickly expanding factory farming operations. According to the BBC, China wants to nearly double its milk production between now and 2020, and Prime Minister Wen Jiabao has even gone so far as to urge students to drink a glass of milk a day.

The BBC notes that 75 percent of China’s milk production currently comes from dairy farmers who have four (or fewer) cows. But if China moves toward a factory dairy-farm system, cows in China could be subjected to the same horrors that cows face on U.S. dairy operations: They will be continuously impregnated—causing their bodies to wear out after only a few years—and given hormones that force their bodies to produce far more milk than they would naturally. China has a dismal record when it comes to animal protection, so there will be few, if any, legal safeguards against abuse.

PETA Asia-Pacific is hard at work in China, spreading the message about cruelty to animals on factory farms and promoting healthy, humane vegan diets with attention-grabbing demonstrations and star-studded ads.

Luckily, while China tries to increase its dairy and meat consumption, the opposite is true on the other side of the Pacific. A spate of recent articles show that Americans are eating less beef—consumption is down 13 percent from 10 years ago, a 60-year low—and sales of nondairy milks experienced a 13 percent growth in the past year. See why so many people are embracing healthy, meat- and dairy-free meals. Order a free copy of PETA’s vegetarian/vegan starter kit today!

 

 

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    Dan Lemaitre says...

    February 16th, 2012, 5:01 pm

    Great article. It would be amazing to nip this in the bud.

    Stephen says...

    February 17th, 2012, 6:54 pm

    We will probably see an increase of Western diet-induced diseases and health problems appearing in China–heart diseases, diabetes, high blood pressure, various cancers, not to mention a lot more fat people.

    Pamela C. says...

    February 18th, 2012, 1:07 am

    Good questions! Looking at China’s budding problems is like holding up a mirror to America.

    Breanna says...

    February 18th, 2012, 3:53 am

    Geez, milk is soo wrong for soo many reasons

    Tina says...

    February 18th, 2012, 7:34 am

    I believe that American beef consumption is down but these abstainers have switched to chicken and turkey. These animals in turn are abused. The same consumers are of the mistaken belief that chicken contains less fat and cholesterol than beef which is a fallacy.

    chander kumar soni says...

    February 18th, 2012, 2:27 pm

    shame on china.

    tina gardner says...

    February 20th, 2012, 7:10 am

    china needs to read the “china study”…or watch forks over knives

    Erika says...

    February 24th, 2012, 12:30 am

    Will result in same health issues as US, hopefully reducing their population!

    Jessica says...

    February 24th, 2012, 9:40 am

    China needs more hearts they are empty
    I am and love vegetarian :)

    Grady says...

    February 24th, 2012, 10:41 am

    Since the Bible Animal Sacrifices still continue in all forms

    Mattt says...

    February 24th, 2012, 10:46 am

    Actually I just read an article that China is trying to buy up 5 of the largest dairy farms in New Zealand but the government blocked the sales because of public back lash.

    China is buy resources up world wide they know when their population reaches middle class consumption is going to go throug the roof, they have 5 times the people of North America.

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