Two interesting videos paint very different pictures of what life is like for cows in the Ohio dairy industry.
You can watch both videos, and decide which is the truth.
The first is produced by Ohio Dairy Famers, a dairy industry group. The video is called "Ohio Dairy Farmers Kids' Video." The description goes like this: "Have you ever wondered where some of your favorite foods like milk, cheese, yogurt and ice cream come from? They are all dairy foods and they are made with milk from dairy cows!" You can learn about the producers of this video at http://www.ohiodairyfarmers.com/
The second video comes from Mercy for Animals, which describes itself as "non-profit animal advocacy organization based in Chicago and dedicated to ending the exploitation and abuse of animals." They describe their video as follows: "Hidden camera video secretly shot by an investigator with Mercy For Animals at an Ohio dairy farm reveals shocking, malicious cruelty to calves and cows. The video, recorded between April and May, 2010, shows dairy farm workers beating cows in the face with crowbars, stabbing them with pitchforks, breaking their tails, and punching, throwing, and kicking calves." Learn more about Mercy for Animals at http://www.mercyforanimals.org
Watch the videos -- WARNING: The 2nd video is horrific and graphic and heartbreaking to watch.
VIDEO #2 (Warning: graphic violence)
Editorial comment: Back during the Holocaust, when visitors came to German concentration camps, the SS ordered that the most musically proficient Jewish women be forced to form an orchestra and play beautiful music at various times in the camp. There was a film called "Playing For Time" made in 1980 which depicted some of these people whose musical skills kept them from being murdered by the Nazis, and helped create the illusion that the camp was more benign than reality.
The first video above, of the happy Ohio cows reminds me of that film.
Ohio law needs to change to stop the unbelievably brutal treatment of animals in Ohio. For info on how you can help, visit
In addition to supporting legislation prohibiting cruelty, another way to "vote" is to stop using dairy products altogether. Not only does this mean a person is no longer complicit in this kind of cruelty, but it's probably the single most beneficial thing you can do for your health -- giving up dairy.