This video is for kids! We’re going to talk about milk. We’ll learn about the cows milk comes from, and why milk isn’t actually good for you. Because kids deserve to know the truth just as much as any adult!
If you’re a kid, this post is for you! (Although I suppose the adults can watch and read too—if you want to let them). This is the first time that I’m making a video specifically for you. Of course you’re welcome to watch any of my videos, but I wanted to make one special just for you. (See more content for kids here!)
Today we’re going to talk about milk. Maybe you yourself are interested in not eating animals—or being what we call “vegan”—and your parent may or may not support you. Or, it could be that your parents or family members want to stop eating animals and be vegan and you don’t quite understand why. All of those things can be confusing and scary and frustrating, you you might be feeling angry, or sad or upset. And that’s okay.
One thing I want to tell you is that just because you’re a kid—or basically just because you’re younger than me (cause I’m pretty old!)—doesn’t mean I’m going to talk down to you. If you’re reading this post, I’m sure you’re pretty smart. And if your parents showed you this, that means they know you’re smart.
I believe that you deserve to know the truth just as much as any adult. tweet this
I want you to know that I’m not going to show you anything scary, so don’t worry. Also, I’ll be talking a bit about you as a baby with your mom—but if you didn’t grow up with your mom, that’s okay! You can still apply what we’re going to talk about, because you have family in your life who love you, and that’s what we’ll focus on soon.
So what’s wrong with drinking milk? I’m sure you’ve had adults tell you that it helps you grow big and strong. You probably see all your friends drinking it and kids on TV and movies. You may have even had a doctor tell you to drink your milk, so how can it be bad? tweet this
Let’s first talk about why milk isn’t really good for our bodies.
When you were born, the first food you ever ate was your mother’s milk. Your mom’s body made that milk just for you with everything you needed to grow. You see, babies grow really fast and need to be eating the best food so they can be healthy.
Once you were big enough to eat other foods, your mom’s body stopped making milk because it knew you didn’t need it anymore.
Well cows, the animals we get our milk from, have bodies that work just like that. Mother cows carry their babies for 9 months just like your mom did. And once they have their babies, their body creates milk for them, just like your mom’s did.
Now I probably don’t have to tell you, but you were a lot smaller than a baby cow and didn’t really look the same. So it would make sense that you needed different milk than a baby cow, right?
I mean, drinking the milk from a cow is like trying to wear the pants of an elephant (if elephants wore pants…)
It’s just not a good fit.
Here’s the even weirder thing—we adults often keep drinking milk from cows long after we stopped drinking our mom’s milk and long after the baby cows stopped drinking their mom’s milk. It’s like we’re wearing elephant pants every day, which is just about as silly of an idea!
Now there’s another big reason why we vegans don’t drink cows milk—and this one is really important. We’re going to talk about some things are sad, but I’ll be here to help you through it.
Remember how we said your mom’s body made milk for you and how a momma cow’s body does the same for her baby? Well baby cows will drink all of their mother’s milk right up, just like they’re supposed to and just like you did, and there won’t be any left for people.
But because so many people want to drink the milk of momma cows, the dairy farmers have to take the baby cows away so that they can give the momma’s milk to people.
Now, I know your mother and family must love you so very much and she probably tells you that a lot. Can you imagine how scared and sad she would be if someone took you away from her? Can you imagine how scared you would be if you were taken away from your mother and family?
I know that’s not a nice thing to think about, but remember, I told you I’d tell you the truth no matter what, and that’s what happens to the mommas and babies we get our milk from.
Now after being taken from their mothers, the baby cows are put in tiny little cages with no room to turn around, which is even scarier because they don’t have their moms to protect them. The momma cows will cry for days for their babies because they miss them so much, just like your mom would miss you.
When they’re only a couple months old, the baby cows are killed to make a type of meat called “veal.” Just like hamburgers or beef comes from the bodies of cows, veal comes from the bodies of baby cows. Now I don’t have to tell you how sad that is. And all so that we can have milk that we don’t even need.
Now you may think that cows always make milk. And don’t feel bad because a lot of adults think that too. But remember how we talked about your mom’s body making milk for you and how it stopped making milk when you were big enough and didn’t need it anymore? Well, when the baby cow is big enough, the momma cow’s body also stops making milk.
So the only way for us to get the milk we drink from cows is for momma cows to have more and more babies, more than they would if they could choose. And every baby is taken away. This is probably one of the saddest things you can imagine. I’m sure your mother and family would never let anyone harm you or take you. And the momma cows want to protect their babies just as much.
Now you may wonder why no one has told you this before. Or why we adults keep doing this to momma and baby cows. Well, sometimes I wish I knew too. A lot of it has to do with money, which you will learn makes people do really funny things.
And I know that if you knew this before, you wouldn’t ever want to drink cows milk, because I know you don’t want to hurt mother and baby cows like that.
Here’s the good news: there are all kinds of milk you can drink that don’t hurt anyone. And I’ll tell you a secret: they taste a whole lot better than cows milk and, though I’m sure the baby cows would disagree, and are actually really good for your body!
There’s even flavors like chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry, and there are delicious yogurts and even cheese that all come from plants. So you can be happy and healthy and the baby cows and their mommas can be too.
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I hope that this was helpful. And thank you for listening and reading–even the hard parts. I had a feeling you were smart enough and cared enough about animals to tough it out.
Now you know why we don’t drink milk and my hope is you’ll choose not to too. Let me know what you thought of the video in the comments and if you have other things you’d like me to cover, let me know!
— Emily Moran Barwick