Kidnapped! – Julia’s Story


Julia Styles was kidnapped as a toddler. Although her basic needs were met, her life was lonely and sad. She was kept locked in a tiny room and wasn’t allowed to do the normal things kids do like make friends, play outside or go to school.

Once Julia reached puberty, her life got worse. She was raped and got pregnant. When she had her baby, she felt immeasurable love for him. For two days she cared for her baby, but then her captors took him away from her. Despite her plea’s, Julia never saw her son again.

Not long after this, Julia was raped again. She had a second child who was also taken from her. Then within months, she was raped yet again. This happened many more times causing immense physical and emotional strain on Julia.

By the time she was 28, Julia looked like an old woman. The physical trauma of her poor living conditions and continual pregnancies left her worn and ill. She also had intensive foot problems and could hardly walk anymore.

Her captors knew that despite the hormones they had been giving her for years that Julia could no longer have children. She was of no use to them anymore, so they killed her.

This is a true story, but…

This is a true story, but you may not have heard about it because Julia is a cow. I used creative license to make her sound like a woman, but in essence the story is based on what life is like for the majority of cows that provide milk for human consumption.

Before watching the movie, Vegucated, I didn’t have a clue about how dairy cows lived. I think most of us are unaware which makes it easy for the dairy industry to get away with what they’re doing.

Let’s stop the dairy industry from pulling the wool over our eyes. Click here for more information about the lives of dairy cows or watch the movie, Vegucated.

Photo courtesy of kmacdonald.

About celestedimilla

Hey there. I’m Celeste, California girl, writer, psychotherapist and burgeoning plant-based foodie.
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47 Responses to Kidnapped! – Julia’s Story

  1. Amber says:

    love Vegucated! It helped open my eyes to lots of things that were happening to animals in the meat and dairy industry. Great post and great way to help people see how it would feel to have to live a miserable life like that. I hate the pictures on the front of milk cartons that depict a beautiful life that we are urged to believe that dairy cows live.

    • Vegucated gave me a vegucation – that’s for sure! My husband and I were eating a plant-based diet before we watched it, but we became ethical vegans after watching Vegucated. Thank you so much for your comment and support Amber – it means a lot! Celeste 🙂

  2. Stacey says:

    Very compelling and tragically sad. I am glad we are both vegan.

  3. That was a very powerful post Celeste. I am going to share on facebook.

    • Thank you so much for sharing this Ivonne. I was trying to think of what kind of post would have inspired me before I went vegan, and this is what I came up with. With your help, maybe it will at least inspire someone. Celeste 🙂

  4. Lauren says:

    Wow. Great post, Celeste.

  5. So sad. I have been vegetarian for years and have been slowly cutting out dairy and eggs (vegan for a total of two weeks now!) for humane reasons. Whether other people choose to eat meat is their decision, but what really gets me is that the normal consumer has no idea of what life for a dairy cow is like. I wish everyone knew. If they did, I’m sure many would change their diets.

    • Hey there Robyn! Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment and congrats on going vegan. I don’t know if it’s the same for you, but giving up dairy was tough for me. I so loved cheese and ice cream! I love being vegan now, however; it gets easier over time. And I wish everyone knew about how dairy cows are treated too. It’s information that’s so hidden in our society. So sad! Oh, and I just started following you on Twitter. Celeste 🙂

  6. liveblissful says:

    Amazing Celeste! I was so captivated I didn’t expect you to say she was a cow, but it really just as bad 😦

    • Thank you so much for reading and your thoughtful comment. I thought the switcheroo might be a good way to get people to hear the message. Plus, I always like an unexpected twist in a story. I hope you’re having a wonderful week! Celeste 🙂

  7. naturalannie says:

    Wow. That really gets to your heart. I’m glad I’m going vegan! I recently say the movie veducated, as well. It raised my awareness, and even organically raised animals may have a life like this!

    • Thank you so much for your comment! I’m so glad you’re going vegan too! It’s going on two years for me, and it’s been the best thing I’ve ever done.

      I really struggled with the transition for the first few months, so if you have any questions or just need to vent – I’m here for you! Have a splendid week!! Celeste 🙂

  8. Oh, no! So sad 😦 I was honestly going.. where is this story heading to… I thought this was a vegan food blog… But what a creative and clever way to promote animal welfare issues! But thank you so much for all the likes on my blog! I actually volunteer at a ‘vegan’ animal welfare organization in NZ with a clever anagram name, SAFE (Save Animals From Exploitations). Unfortunately, the dairy industry is a huge source of income in our country which makes it exceedingly hard, near impossible to reduce its growth.. I myself have only just realized how ill treated dairy cows are, have always thought must be better off than cattle. Vegetarians need to be vegucated!!

    • Thank you for your thoughtful comment!! How wonderful that you volunteer at SAFE (you’re right, it’s a clever anagram!). It sounds like a great organization. And I hear you about the money issue with the dairy industry. I suppose that’s why the government promotes dairy, even to children in schools despite the harm it does to cows and, as I learned in “The Engine 2 Diet” to people. I find this very sad. Anyway, I hope more people get vegucated soon!! Honk, honk!! Celeste 🙂

  9. natarunmore says:

    I haven’t seen that documentary but it’s on my to watch list.. my heart stopped reading this story, it took me a second to realize what we were talking about. This should be on the evening news, in newspapers, and on the radio.. every day.. until it stops.

    • Thanks for your comment Natalie! I agree with you, this info should be blasted everywhere. It’s not, of course, because like what Obsessive Nutrition Compulsive said above – the dairy industry is a huge source of income for our country. So, despite the harm done to cows as well as people, the government continues to promote milk drinking. I think this is very sad. Please let me know what you think of Vegucated when you watch it. Celeste 🙂

  10. What a great read! I’d like to share it as well on my FB page 🙂 Really makes you think!

  11. What a heartfelt post. I’ve to watch Vegucated sometimes, it’s still on Netflix. Thanks for sharing this.

  12. That is a wonderful story to tell the world what dairy is very poignant. Sadly the simple fact is Dairy is every bit as bad as eating meat, quite ashamed it took me years as a vegetarian to come to this conclusion, been vegan for 3 years now wish I had made the connection sooner.

    • Thank you so much for your comment – I appreciate it! And I don’t think there is any shame in it taking time to go vegan. It took me a very long time to get here!! At least we’re here now, and that’s what counts. Celeste 🙂

  13. Great post Celeste. People who say “but they don’t kill the cows for the milk” need to know this.

  14. Excellent post! And so well-written! Your story pulled at my heartstrings. I wish more people knew about the cruelty inherent in the dairy industry. I was a blissfully ignorant vegetarian for longer than I’d like to admit. But after I found out about what cows go through for “our” milk, well, I had to change my eating habits. And I’ve found lots of cruelty-free alternatives!

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  17. This is a powerful post, Celeste. Thank you for writing it, even though I’m sure it was hard to do. It was hard to read, that’s for sure. Vegucated helped me understand so much more about veganism and I’m so thankful for that documentary and others like it.

    • Thank you for reading this post Alison, it’s one of my favorites. Vegucated is an awesome movie. I plan to do a screening of it sometime this year. It’s too bad you don’t live close by or you could come. Have a lovely day chica! Celeste 🙂

  18. cinnabar50 says:

    This is a powerful piece of writing, it really gets the message across, might make people think.So sad that sentient beings are treated this way.

    • Thanks for your thoughtful comment! This is one of my favorite posts, and I’m thinking about doing a reading of it and posting it on youtube. Thanks so much for reading – I appreciate it! Celeste 🙂

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  20. Reblogged this on Fit and Fab For Life Personal Training and commented:
    This really makes you think. Very frightening and very sad

  21. Reblogged this on The Legacy Of Pythagoras and commented:
    The production and consumption of animal dairy, eggs, and honey are just as morally unjustifiable as the production and consumption of animal flesh. All of these things lead to incredible suffering and death for nonhuman animals. The following story is a great analogy as to why we should care.

  22. Brilliant! Thanks Celeste. I just reblogged this.

  23. Abby's Kitchen says:

    Oh wow! Speechless!

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