However, it seems to me that we reward treating dairy cows as things. For workers on the lower end of the reward chain, what signal is being transmitted?
W.D.Hoard had a sign in his barn about respecting the cows. Dostoevsky in his famous novel "The Brothers Karamazov" wrote:
Love the animals: God has given them the rudiments of thought and joy untroubled. Do not trouble it, don't harass them, don't deprive them of their happiness, don't work against God's intent. Man, do not pride yourself on superiority to the animals; they are without sin, and you, with your greatness, defile the earth by your appearance on it, and leave the traces of your foulness after you -- alas, it is true of almost every one of us!
My question is how can people expect caring for anybody or anything when there is little reward? I know all the arguments about caring for the property called the cow. Has the trend been to have those who truly like cows, survive"? Or is it all the bottom line?
There are some serious contradictions in our system which need to be examined.