The Indian vegan activist and educator Shivam from Voice of Vegans has created an informative video titled “Shocking Facts about AHIMSA MILK? | Indian Cows | Gau Raksha | Voice of Vegans” that explains why the so-called “ahimsa milk” is either a myth or it is not really cruelty-free, as those who defend it suggest.

The people who claim they only consume “ahimsa milk” (many of whom in India may be Hindu or Jain) claim it is taken from well-looked-after isolated cows that are not forcibly impregnated, not separated from their calves, not abandoned, and not killed (which is typical of the dairy industry anywhere).

Shivam says this at the beginning: “So, every time a vegan talks about the dairy industry, one of the most common arguments is that of the ahimsa milk. In this video I’m going to look at it from all possible angles, will share data as applicable, logic also, the size and the scope of the solution against the dairy cruelty known as the ahimsa milk, and also will expose the hypocrisy of this argument.”

Apart from debunking all the arguments used to promote ahimsa milk, Shivam does a useful quantitative analysis showing that if a family farm starts with three cows to produce milk and does not kill or abandon anyone based on the “ahimsa” method, in 14 years 259 animals would have been born that would not produce milk, so 72% of the animals the farm would need to look after would not be giving any “product”, clearly unaffordable for any farm or family.

The myth of ahimsa milk is one of the many myths circulating in India as a reaction to the advancement of the veganism movement there (the country with more vegetarians, and therefore with more dairy consumers). More about other myths about the relationship between Indians and non-human animals can be seen in the article “Two Good Documentaries About the Treatment of Animals in India Dispelling Many Myths.”

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