“Cows are not your property, and they are not a commodity to be taken and used as we please.
They are your home.
You can use them to produce milk, or they can be used for your health.
They should be treated as valuable commodities that have value.”–John Galt, President of the National Dairy Council, on why milk is valuable (National Review, March 4, 2018) “If you’re going to make money from a cow, you should be making money from cows, and the way to do that is by producing more milk, and making sure that you’re maximizing the amount of milk you’re getting, and you’re using the best quality of milk for the product that you are producing.”–Bill Clinton, speaking at the Global Dairy Summit in 2000 (CNN, March 14, 2018).”
It is hard to think of a more direct, direct, immediate way to make a profit than to produce more cows and milk and sell that milk for less than what you paid for it.”–Donald Trump, during the third presidential debate, Oct. 10, 2016.
(ABC News, March 10, 2018)”You have to understand that cows are an endangered species, they are the second largest land mammal on the planet.
They’ve had a terrible, horrible record of being exploited.
And that’s why we have to protect them.”–President Donald Trump, addressing the dairy industry in March, 2017.
(AP, March 7, 2018.)
“Cows do not have to be a commodity.
Cows do have value.
And I’ve been very, very clear on that.”–Hillary Clinton, on the importance of protecting cows (Hillary Clinton Foundation, March 2, 2018.
Source: The Huffington Post)”It’s just not fair.
It’s just wrong.”–Ted Cruz, on cattle (Fox News, January 30, 2018)(CBS News, April 17, 2018 )”It shouldn’t be a job for a man to raise his own kids.
It should be a right of the mother, and that means that when a mother gives birth, that baby has to have a name.”–Mike Huckabee, on raising calves in his family’s backyard (YouTube, January 18, 2018, as translated by The Washington Post)The above quotes and other examples illustrate how the dairy business has become increasingly dominated by large multinationals that profit from the suffering of our planet’s cows.
“If you want to make your money, you’re better off going to the supermarket and buying eggs and beef.
You want to sell meat to the highest bidder.
The fact is, we’re a food-producing nation.
We produce food for every person in the world, including animals that are suffering.”–Barack Obama, addressing farmers at the United Farm Workers Conference, October 7, 2017 (YouTube video, as transcribed by The Hill) “It’s been estimated that over $6 trillion is wasted each year in animal agriculture.
In a world where we are dependent on dairy for our livelihoods, how do we turn that around?”–Donald J. Trump, on dairy (CBS News in Chicago, May 10, 2017)”There’s no greater sin in our country than buying a cow.”–Vladimir Putin, on animals (New York Times, May 12, 2017)(CBS, May 18, 2017 )”I would rather have cows than fish.”–Rick Perry, during a rally in January, 2018 (YouTube)”I am so tired of people saying they have no idea what they’re doing with our animals.
And it’s so important that we educate people so that they know that these animals have value and that we care for them, and we love them.
I mean, that’s all we do.
It is hard.
It takes a lot of hard work.”–Ivanka Trump, speaking in the White House Rose Garden, May 8, 2018(YouTube)The following statements are from the 2016 presidential candidates.
(For a list of other statements by the 2016 candidates, see our 2016 Candidates’ Statements list.)
The following are examples of statements by members of the 2016 campaigns:The following is a compilation of other quotes from the past and present.
I want to give credit where credit is due.
When I think about the importance that cows and other animals have in this country, I think, ‘Wow, what an incredible gift that we have been given.’
I’ve always had a soft spot for them.
And this is a gift we should give.
And when I think of the incredible sacrifices that are being made by animals to feed our country, it’s the same way.
The animals that I love, the animals that my daughters love, and all of our children, are the most valuable things we have as a country.
The cows that I’ve spent the last five years caring for have given me the most joy and