Photo of Mirabelle and Pablo two babies who will never know the cruelty their mother had to endure.
Currently, there is a huge surge in goat-milk popularity. Goat cheese, goat milk, goat milk in beauty products, goat milk in soap. A common misconception is that goat milk is healthier than cows milk, and that it is more ethical, as people become more aware of the cruelty dairy cows face. However, all the things that are done to dairy cows are also done to dairy goats, including: forced pregnancies, removing babies from their mothers, early slaughter, and confined spaces. Along with these facts, dairy made from goats is actually less healthy than dairy products made from cows!
As with other species, goats must also undergo body mutilation when being farmed. These procedures rarely take place with anesthesia, and leave the goats in vulnerable conditions. de-budding, or removing the horns from a goat's head by using a hot iron to burn the nerves of the horns and the nerves in the surrounding skin. Sometimes these procedures are botched, leaving goats with painful, useless stumps instead of their temperature-controlling horns.
Goats are also castrated without anesthetics, usually by tying bands around their external organs until they fall off from lack of circulation. This practice is extremely cruel but is seen as ethical by many farmers who opt for this cheap method.
While it may seem uncommon for people to consume goat meat, because it is not on the shelves of your local grocery store, there are many people in the world, and America, who consume goat meat. It is common in Middle Eastern cultures and other ethnic groups, and is growing in popularity in the United States as these cultures have a bigger presence.
Goats raised for slaughter are subjected to the same cruel methods as other animals raised for meat. They are removed from their mothers at birth because their mothers' milk is going to be used for goat cheese or a bar of soap. They are fattened up according to what the consumer's desires are. Then they are sent to inhumane slaughter after a short life subjected to cruelty.
Because goat meat is less common in mainstream dining, less people know about the atrocities committed against these animals. Goats are very intelligent, and have the sweetest hearts. Yet they do not receive the protections they deserve, because they are often forgotten about as farmed animals, both by the public and even by some humane groups.
Cashmere & Mohair Wool
Much like sheep used for wool, goats of cashmere and angora breeds are sheared for their fur to create textiles. Millions of cashmere goats are kept in cold Asian climates, and produce the thick fur to keep themselves warm. However, after shearing, they are left to fend for themselves in the cold, vulnerable to the weather as they are naked after their fur is removed.
Angora goats are bred to produce mohair wool, not to be confused with "angora" which is produced from rabbit fur. Mohair wool is taken from animals like Bubblegum, the Tamerlaine resident pictured about who is part angora. His fluffy thick coat keeps him warm in the winter, and as a baby he still needs to wear an extra human-made jacket. Considering he needs a jacket to keep warm on top of his curly, thick hair, imagine how cold he would be if his fur was removed so that someone can have wool. It would be very hard for him to survive the winter without his fur.
Along with the harsh conditions naked goats have to live in once they are sheared, they are susceptible to illness and injury from being shaved just as sheep are.