In order for milk to be produced by a cow, she must first become pregnant. Since milk production is the entire point of a dairy farm they have to force the cows to mate in order to conceive, this even happens on the “free range organic” farms. If you ask me, that’s rape, and rape isn’t okay with me no matter what the species is. After the cow gives birth her calf is always taken from her, also know as kidnapping. Why do they do this? Because if the calf and the mother stay together the calf will drink her milk, and the dairy farmers won’t have a product to profit from. If the calves are boys they are taken and sold to veal farmers so they are confined the tiny stalls for their entire short lives. If the cows are girls they are taken and forced to live the same lives as their mothers. The dairy cows are forced to give birth as many times as they can in order for the farmer to get the most bag for their buck. I’ve watch cows being born on small quaint “happy” family farms, and the calves are taken from their mothers immediately, and their mothers will chase after them and cry. They will even try to break through enclosures to get to their babies, and each baby that they will ever have will be taken from them. If that’s not a good enough reason to go vegan I don’t know what is. Being vegetarian is misleading. You would actually save more animals if you ate meat and abstained from dairy and eggs. When boy chicks hatch they are thrown into a big chipper because they are “useless” to the egg farmers. More animals die every year because of eggs and dairy than meat alone.