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How can I help?

There are many ways that you can help improve the welfare of dairy cows and their calves:

Consumers tips:

  • Buy dairy products that are certified to Animal Welfare Approved standards. If unavailable, buy Certified Humane or USDA Organic.
  • Buy dairy products from local, small-scale dairy farms that provide access to pasture.
  • Speak to the manager of your local supermarket to ask him or her not to stock milk from “zero-grazing” systems (which do not provide any access to pasture).
  • Use dairy alternatives such as soy, coconut or almond milk, yogurts, or desserts.
  • Encourage friends and family to buy Animal Welfare Approved, Certified Humane, or USDA Organic dairy products.
  • Contact your local newspaper, radio, and TV stations and ask them to highlight the welfare of dairy cows and their calves.
  • Ask local retailers to stock higher welfare dairy products.
  • If you have a local dairy or farm shop, ask the farm manager about his or her rearing standards for dairy cows and calves.
  • Find out more about the labels to look for when shopping for dairy products.

What else can be done?