Miriam Margolyes lends her voice to an animal rights group calling for an end to dairy farming

Animal Equality UK works with Harry Potter actress Miriam Margoyles will campaign for an overhaul of Britain’s food system that does not include dairy farming.

Margolyes is the face of the ‘rebuilding our food system‘ country. It calls on the UK government to encourage and support the shift from dairy farming to arable farming.

The actor came on board after seeing real footage and footage of a Madox dairy farm in Wales. The cruelty and abuse of the cows depicted left her unable to sit up.

“I’ve been on a journey of discovery,” she said in a statement to Animal Equality. “I don’t mince words, so I’ll tell you the truth: it broke my heart.

“But I’m also grateful that this was brought to my attention. Everyone deserves to know the truth. If we’re successful, more people will choose plant-based options and they’ll drink less cow’s milk, which means that fewer cows will be separated and killed.

She added: “I truly believe we can make a difference. The world is tough. Let’s make it nicer.

Animal Equality surveyed over 140 dairy farms worldwide, including four in the UK. Regular, organic and ‘higher well-being’ farms were all visited to get a real insight into the industry.

The recent To milk documentary aimed to similarly educate consumers about the horrors of New Zealand’s dairy sector.

Margolyes talks about empathy with dairy cows

The award-winning actor admitted to not having given much thought before to how milk is produced. But once the process of forced impregnation of cows, followed by separation from their calves and acquisition of milk was explained, she saw the process differently.

“I never thought about the fact that to produce milk, cows have to have babies. It seems so obvious when you say it, but what it means for animals, it hadn’t occurred to me,” she said.

She went on to address the grief of mother cows, noting that she knows what it’s like to have a strong bond with a parent and animals clearly share that.

What Animal Equality expects from the dairy farming sector

Animal Equality calls for a shift from dairy farming to arable crop production. Said cultures should be suitable for use in dairy alternatives to encourage the shift away from cow’s milk.

Margolyes, alongside Animal Equality, is calling on the UK government to put in place financial incentives. These will encourage farmers to move away from dairy farming.

A private program seeking to do the same in the United States was launched in earnest last year by alternative dairy giant Miyoko’s Creamery. Dairy Farm Transition seeks to support a farm, to start, to move from breeding to agriculture, before helping others to follow.

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