Angry UK customers have taken to social media to boycott the dairy industry following a BBC Panorama documentary exposing cruelty to animals.
The documentary, A Cows Life, which aired on BBC One on Valentine’s Day, saw reporters speaking to vets and farmers about the “controversial” way the milk is flowing.
The report comes as the the average daily yield for a dairy cow is 40% higher than it would have been about 30 years ago. However, in the documentary, a Welsh farm was exposed for animal abuse against its cows, resulting in a dairy boycott.
Footage shows farmers who worked at the facility constantly kicking and hitting an injured cow, with one even hitting it with a shovel. The footage continues to show another worker aggressively pulling the cow’s tail.
— Animal Equality UK (@animal_equality) February 14, 2022
People have taken to social media to express their anger with the industry, with some even saying the price of milk is “too low” after seeing what cows go through.
National Farmers Union (NFU) Cyrmru deputy president Abi Reader said in the documentary: “Even just one extra penny per litre will enable a farmer to upgrade or take advantage of new technology out there so the cows are getting the best care they can”.
As a result, one social media user said: “Ditch dairy even if you can’t find good substitutes.”
Another added: “I had to turn #acowslife off. It was too distressing. What is wrong with people that they can be so cruel to defenceless animals? How can humans be so cold and brutal. #Panorama”
— Jen Hogan⚡ (@jenhoganjourno) February 14, 2022
Others urged to “stop drinking milk” following the “shocking footage of animal cruelty”.
Shocking footage of animal cruelty Stop drinking milk! You’re not a baby cow #bbcpanorama
— Sammi (@kojie08) February 14, 2022
Downton Abbey actor Peter Egan also tweeted: “Just watched #ACowsLife the true cost of milk on #panorama anyone who wants to understand why the dairy industry is disgusting, inhumane & careless should watch it.”
Just watched #ACowsLife the true cost of milk on #panorama anyone who wants to understand why the dairy industry is disgusting, inhumane & careless should watch it. The consumer decides how cruel the industry is. My decision is to support a compassionate lifestyle be #vegan 🌿
— Peter Egan (@PeterEgan6) February 14, 2022